Last week some friends and I went to Mount Mulanje, Malawi’s highest mountain. Walking up to the plateau, we passed over a dozen men carrying large wooden planks down the mountain on their heads.

When we reached the plateau, we found where all the planks were coming from.

A sign up on the plateau states that this deforestation is to reduce the number of invasive pine trees in the area. Note that the planks are exported to Tanzania and Mozambique.

The sign also claims that these forests will be replanted.

There’s plenty of evidence of deforestation at the highest point in Malawi. But there’s no evidence of reforestation.

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