Mulanje Forest Reserve Plantation Manager McArthur Awali: "It was the people who rejected the project [to tap water from Likhubula River] unless the board made efforts to plant trees. Most of the people are sawyers and they know that their livelihood is in danger".
Department of Forestry spokesperson Sangwani Phiri: "People are still planting and we are still getting statistics from other players. We believe that by the end of the rainy season, we would meet the target".
Approximately 55.5 percent of the planted trees in the season 2015/16 survived.
Zomba district forestry officer (DFO) Duncan Masonje: "Due to little or no knowledge of the survival of trees, most institutions just buy tree seedlings and plant at their designated places where they [trees] fail to adapt to the sites".
"Lilongwe district forestry officer Tresa Mvula said indigenous varieties were preferred beacuse they are good in moisture retention as compared to exotic ones. She said the indigenous trees will help conserve the catchment areas along Lilongwe, Nathenje and Nanjiri riversm among others. Last year, the district planted 2,5 million trees, 70 percent of which survived".
In Malawi are 84 forests under the protection of unarmed guard. But in most cases the people destroying trees are armed.
Minister of Natural Resources Energy and Mining Bright Msaka: "We have the Malawi Defence Force (MFD) soldiers in the forests because we did not have armed guards, but now we have started training them and sooner or later, the MDF soldiers will be relieved to do other tasks".
Zomba Mountain Sunbird Ku Chawe Inn general manager Silvester Mtambo: "Trees are the centre of tourist attraction as they generate fresh air as well as habitat for animals crucial for tourist attraction. Our objective is to ensure that these trees grow fruitfully to restore the country's ruined environment".
"Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN) first year students on Saturday planted trees in Machinga along Likwenu and Lisanjala rivers, tributaries of the Shire River. About one thousand tree seedlings were planted in the exercise aimed at minimising siltation in the Shire River to enable electricity generation and pumping of water".