Malawi is on track towards attaining half of the environmental sustainability indicators, although the land area covered by forest has declined from 32.9% in 1990 to 27.3% in 2010. This decline can be attributed to fuelwood collection, subsistence and commercial agriculture (UNEP 2008). Tobacco farming, which accounts for almost 80% of export earnings, is one of the major causes of deforestation. Government is committed to reverse this trend by intensifying reforestation, afforestation, promotion of natural regeneration, and forest protection and management programmes.
From collection: Zambezi River Basin - Atlas of the changing Environment