Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) board chairperson Bishop Joseph Bvumbwe: "Most of the rivers that are tributaries of the Shire River have been affected by environmental degradation as people in these areas are cultivating and practising irrigation farming in the rivers´ catchment areas, a situation that contributes to siltation and accumulation of debris".
"[...] the energy regulatory body [...] wants to take a leading role in managing the environment along the Shire River".
Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Bright Msaka: "We need more trees in order to protect and restore our environment. If we speak alone as a ministry, nothing will happen. But if citizens have embraced the idea and are running with it, the programme will succeed".
Sports and Environment Comittee (SEC) chairperson Jimmy Kawaye: “Athletes consume a lot of oxygen than any other person as such they need to be in the forefront in preserving the environment through planting of trees and other interventions. We have sourced 3000 trees from Act Alliance which is under Christian Aid. Today we have mobilised heads of sports association to be planting trees”.
"District commissioner Smart Gwedemula said the district continues to face water challenges for both domestic and agricultural uses due to environmental degradation. [...] tree planting and conservation is the only sustainable intervention to sustainable water availability and access".
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 Malawi Defence Force (MDF) has partnered schools in the Southern Region to address issues of climate change through planting and protecting trees. Speaking in an interview after launching a tree planting exercise at Cobbe barracks in Zomba on Sunday, 93rd infantry brigade commander responsible for the Southern Region Colonel John Chaika said the country is continuously facing challenges due to deforestation".
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".