Rotary Club of Limbe president Bernard Ndau has urged communities around Mudi Catchment Area in Blantyre to take care of newly planted trees to conserve Mudi Dam.
He said this on Sunday on the sidelines of a tree-planting exercise in the area.
Ndau observed that many trees were not surviving due to lack of community participation.
He said: “Everybody is planting trees, but to make the project sustainable, we have set up committees involving communities, Makhetha Primary School, local leaders and Blantyre Water Board [BWB].
“We will be visiting the place every three months to check on the progress of trees.”
Blantyre City East legislator John Bande commended the club for the initiative.
He lightly said that the area be named ‘Rotary Park’, a sentiment that drew applause from the communities.
Said Bande: “We, people from Makhetha, are direct beneficiaries of the initiative.
“Trees planted today will benefit Makhetha Primary School that was built on a bare land.”
BWB director of human resource and administration Annie Chipaka endorsed Bande’s idea that part of the area be named ‘Rotary Park’ in appreciation of the club’s contribution. The club is expected to plant 10 000 trees at the area and is targeting over 80 percent tree survival rate this season.