Natural Tourism on the verge of extinction

Blantyre,The Lilongwe Wildlife and Environmental Education Trust says the Natural Tourism Sector risks extinction if afforestation and other environmental conservation initiatives are not critically looked into and taken on board.

Malawi News Agency (MANA) established the development on Sunday during an interview with Lilongwe Wildlife and Environmental Education Trust Director, Herbert Mtika who said it is a must to observe environmental conservation techniques in ensuring that wildlife is preserved.

Mtika said initiative that involving learning institutions through wildlife clubs will help instill knowledge and skills in environmental conservation among Malawians.

According to Mtika, urgent action from all walks of life is required in promoting environmental conservation which if left unchecked can lead to total extinction of wildlife which entirely depends on well conserved environment in every aspect.

He added that the current response by Malawians is amazing and overwhelming citing examples of the once completely bare grounds now having some forest cover.

Mtika cited the problem of knowledge gap as one of the outstanding problems whereby it has been observed that some people resist change and openly challenge the environmentalists and wild life activists that trees and animals are natural gifts from God.

Mtika called for community participation in environmental conservation projects saying this is the best way to safeguard the environment.

He said the Trust needs support and total commitment from the grassroots level because they are the custodians of their environment.

On his part, Assistant Director of National Parks, Williams Ngola disclosed that foreigners spend a lot of US Dollars just to appreciate the country’s wildlife with a single elephant yielding more than 1.6 million dollars per year unlike a killed or poached elephant which only benefits a few selfish individuals.

Ngola urged the general public to refrain from wildlife poaching, saying the country’s social-economic development is drastically affected, adding that the next generation might be denied a chance to view the iconic species or the ‘big five.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA