Authorities have expressed shock with the continued degradation of the environment in catchment areas along the country’s river basins including Shire.
This has been disclosed in Blantyre during the opening of a two-day training for officials from different ministry departments and district councils aimed at fixing the watershed crisis and the severe land degradation issues.
The training has been organised by the Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Water Development under the the Malawi Watershed Services Improvement Project (MWASIP).
In his remarks, MWASIP project coordinator, Peter Kadewere, said the training is very important for all the stakeholders to understand their roles pertaining to the implementation of the project.
Deputy Director of Water in the Ministry of Forestry and Natural Resources, Price Mleta, said the training is significant to ensure that all the councils are working towards the same goal for the smooth implementation of the project which will run for a period of six years.
The project is targeting seven catchment areas of Mangochi, Machinga, Zomba, Balaka, Neno, Blantyre and Ntcheu.