Abstract—The study was conducted along the
Nkanya-Lusewa rivers in Zomba-Malosa Forest Reserve in
Domasi area in Malawi to come up with a better integrated
indigenous and technocrat model for tree restoration and test its
effectiveness in Nkanya-Lusewa river catchment as a hot spot.
The study focused on 28 gardens along the rivers whose owners
encroached the forest reserve and willed to participate in the
study. In total we planted 228 seedlings of S.siamea, F.albida
and A.lebbeck within a distance of 10 m on either side of the
study rivers using integrated approach. We found that out of
101 S.seamea seedlings planted in February,2014 in the study
gardens, 81%, 68%, 51% and 38% survived by May, August,
November and April respectively and the survival rates for F.
albida were 83%, 68%, 39% and 5% while for A.
lebbeckwere84%, 81%, 58% and 51% respectively for the same
months. Most of the selected farmers fully and willingly
participated in the research activity. We further found that tree
survival rates varied among the gardens due to transplanting
shock, post-planting care differences, soil moisture variation and
incidence of bush fires. The research has therefore found that
trees planted using Integrated Indigenous-Technocrat Model
along these rivers survived better for the same period than those
previous planted implying that full community involvement in
forest restoration is crucial.
Index Terms—Forest restoration, indigenous-technocrat knowledge, survivorship.
G. G. Moyo is with Malawi University of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 5196, Limbe, Malawi (e-mail: email@example.com).
M. Chikuni and S. Chiotha are with Chancellor College, University of Malawi, P.O. Box 280, Zomba, Malawi (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com).
Cite: Gift G. Moyo, Marlene Chikuni, and Sosten Chiotha, "Effectiveness of Integrated Indigenous-Technocrat Model in Restoring Controversial Forest Reserve Hotspot: The Case of Nkanya and Lusewa Rivers in Domasi Area, Zomba District," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 30-36, 2017.