Blantyre Water Board (BWB) public affairs officer Priscilla Mateyu: "The reason we are asking individuals, groups and companies to come forward and help in the tree planting exercise within the catchment areas is that we would like them to appreciate the importance of trees for sustainable water flow within the city and its surrounding areas".
The partnership of National Bank of Malawi (NBM), Malawi Defence Force (MDF) and the Department of Forestry is going to plant trees in the Eastern Region.
NBM acting chief executive officer Macfussy Kawawa: "We have been greatly affected by the deforestation. There is alaways power blackout that has resulted in us using generators which is very costly. This is why we are in this partnership with MDF".
Association of Environmental Journalists (AEJ) secretary general Charles Mkoka: "With the newly-constructed stadium in this stretch of the river, we thought it wise to contribute towards the rehabilitation of the area by planting suitable species of trees that will complement the surroundings of the Bingu National Stadtium as well as protecting the degraded Lingadzi River bank".
Blantyre district forestry officer Geoffrey Kanyerere: "Indeed, I can confirm that the district just like others, has not been spared from the high deforestation and environmental degradation effects due to El-Nino, wanton cutting down of trees, charcoal burning activities for commercial purposes and harmful bush fires among other devastating causes of deforestation".
Related to that the Blantyre District Council has secured 500 000 trees to be planted in this season.
Petroleum Importers Limited (PIL) board chairperson Zubeir Bhana: "We are assisting in the afforestation of Ndirande Mountain, especially this area of our water resource used by Blantyre Water Board. A total of 10 000 seedlings will cover this area. This being a catchment area for Mudi Dam, we believe this will go a long waz in offering protection for this water resource area".
Last May, I had the dubious fortune of visiting Mumbai, India, during the city’s hottest month on record. Temperatures remained at over 40 degrees C for days at time. The difference between standing in the shade of a tree and standing in full sunlight was like night and day.