Widdringtonia whytei

The Restoration of Malawi's National Tree

The Mulanje Cedar (Widdringtonia whytei) occurs naturally only in the Mulanje Mountain Biosphere Reserve.

It is strong, termite resistant, and a preferred material for construction. A sudden and drastic decline in the population is due to the over-exploitation for timber and an increase in the frequency of wildfire, which has prevented natural regeneration.

Cedar forest cover has declined drastically in the last thirty years and as a result, Mulanje Cedar was almost extinct.

The Project's Outcome

  • Established 10 community nurseries
  • Provided training in nursery management and enterprise development
  • Worked with experts to improve protocols for its propagation and restoration
  • Identified the best places to plant Mulanje Cedar
  • Increased awareness of Mulanje Cedar as a potential sustainable commercial timber species
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Capacity of local communities increased

150 local community members have been equipped with the skills to propagate and sell Mulanje cedar seedlings

Saplings grown in community nurseries

More than 550,000 Mulanje cedar seedlings have been planted

Restoration of Mulanje mountain

More than 550,000 Mulanje cedar seedlings have been planted

Restoration of Mulanje mountain

More than 550,000 Mulanje cedar seedlings have been planted

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