The Leadership for Environment and Development – Southern and Eastern Africa (Lead-Sea) has urged communities in Zomba to take an integral part in the management of natural resources in the wake of the climate change era.
Lead-Sea project officer responsible for training and capacity building Clifford Mkanthama made the call on Thursday at the end of a two-day leadership training for local forest representatives, village natural resources committees, fishers, bird hunters and bee-keepers in the district.
He said natural resources are an important source of livelihood for the communities and it was vital to enhance natural resources management measures.
Said Mkanthama: “These are times of climate change and communities need to have leaders that are well-versed in natural resources management. Therefore, this training targeted local level communities who manage their natural resources but most importantly, their leadership status on the same.”
He added that Lead-Sea is going to work closely with forest extension agents and community development agents in monitoring the progress registered by the individuals within their localities having drawn a back-home plan from the training.
A total of 60 participants were drawn from traditional authorities Mwambo, Chikowi, Kuntumanji, Malemia, Mlumbe, among others in the district.
The training was funded by The Royal Norwegian Embassy through the Lake Chilwa Basin Climate Change Adaptation Programme (LCBCCAP).