Dedza forest scouts bemoan access to markets

Dedza forest scouts bemoan access to markets

By Meclina Chirwa

Forest scouts in Dedza have raised concerns of lack of access to some markets for their produce.

The Forest scouts from Kanjinga village, Traditional Authority Chilikumwendo in the district are said to have lodged complaints that they are being denied access despite taking part in protecting Dzalanyama Forest.

The concerns were raised when officials from the Conservation and Sustainable Management and Communication Project visited the scouts on Thursday.

Speaking in an interview with Newsline, one of the scouts, Damiano Sitolo said since the scouts were deployed in Dzalanyama Forest, their life has been at risk.

He said the scouts are chased from markets like Mitundu, a development which he said is worrisome.  

Despite the challenges, he said cases of charcoal burning have reduced in the forest.

In her remarks, Technical Coordinator for the Program Veronica Masamba said they are aware of the development and are working on addressing the problem.

The scouts were established aiming at bringing ownership of managing the forest to the communities.


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