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Protecting Ecosystems and Restoring Forests in Malawi Project (PERFORM)

The USAID/Malawi-funded Protecting Ecosystems and Restoring Forests in Malawi (PERFORM) project was a five year project designed to improve Malawians' quality of life, conserve forests and promote green growth in Malawi. The project was spearheaded by Tetra Tech ARD in coordination with two Government of Malawi departments: the Department of Forestry and the Environmental Affairs Department. 

The objectives of the PERFORM Project were to:

  • Advance Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) readiness;
  • Increase low-emissions land use opportunities in targeted geographies;
  • Improve low-emissions development capacities;
  • Institute pathways for sustainability; and
  • Advance Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) priorities of integration and institutional strengthening.

Key achievements of the Department of Forestry through the support of the PERFORM project include: the National Forest Inventory 2018, the Technical Order: Forest Definition, the Forest Reference Level determination and the development of a National REDD+ Strategy.

Tobacco Levy Afforestation & Forest Conservation Programme (TLAP)

The Department of Forestry is a beneficiary of the Tobacco Levy Afforestation and Forest Conservation Programme (TLAP) which commenced during the 2011/12 financial year. The funds for TLAP are raised from a percentage realized from tobacco sales by different tobacco companies within the country and submitted to Government through the Tobacco Control Commission (TCC). The levy funds are deposited into the Forest Development and Management Fund (FDMF) established under Section 55 of the Forestry Act of 1997. The districts benefiting from the levy program currently are: Rumphi, Mzimba, Kasungu, Dowa, Mchinji, Lilongwe, Ntcheu, Balaka and Mangochi. The overall objective of this program is to replant and manage forest areas which have been impacted upon by tobacco growing in the country and to contribute to the national goal of increasing forestry cover.

Shire Valley Transformation Program (SVTP)

The Shire Valley Transformation Program works hand-in-hand with the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining especially the Departments of Forestry, National Parks and Wildlife and Fisheries. The program is being implemented in Chikwawa, Nsanje, Machinga, Mangochi, Neno and Zomba Districts. The Program Development Objective (PDO) for the longer-term Shire Valley Transformation Program (SVTP) is to improve the management and utilization of natural resources in a sustainable way to increase agricultural productivity and commercialization for targeted households in the Shire Valley.