Simbachawene said while on the tour of the area to inspect environment protection activities where among other things he participated in the reintroduction of Kihansi Spray Toads (KST) into its natural milieu.
“I commend the current research activities on the basin (Kihansi Basin) because its ecology is unique and very crucial for survival of current and future generations,” he said.
The minister urged researchers to continue with their work and submit their findings and recommendations that would pave way for formulation of laws key for sustaining the basin's ecology.
“Kihansi has many unique features including the KST which are found only in Kihansi and unique butterflies and Kihansi Coffee which is also unique to this area,” he said.
The minister pointed out that Tanzanians ought to thank God for such a unique ecology which if well promoted around the global could bring tourists who will contribute significantly in the national revenue.
“Given its potentials and ecological uniqueness, it is important that every stakeholder should play his or her role in making sure that the Basin is protected to benefit the current and future generations,” he said.
He also commended the good work done by the National Environment Management Council (NEMC), Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), University of Dar es Salaam and Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI) and other stakeholders for good work that has assured the protection of the ecology in question.
“I have been informed that this project comes to an end in December, this year and due to its importance I want you (stakeholders) of the project to meet ahead of the deadline to discuss on how to sustain all the good works that have been done in the past," he said.
Simbachawene called on people living near River Kihansi catchments to make sure that they play a role in protecting those areas and ensure that human activities do not amount into environmental damage.
“I have enjoyed a lot for being here in this area and the perception in the reintroduction of KST has given me a sense of tourism and this is due to good work done by researchers,” he said.
For his part, the NEMC director general, Dr. Samuel Gwamaka said the council would continue to enforce implementation of environmental laws and regulations in collaboration with other stakeholders and ensure that the area remains safe all the time.
“We will continue using the current laws and regulations in making sure that the area’s environment is protected and we will bring proposals for formulation of new laws that will make it mandatory to protect its ecology for the betterment of current and future generations,” he said.
The environment director in the Vice President’s Office, Prof. William Mwigoa said what is been done in Kihansi is the outcome of a contact entered by the government in protecting the biodiversity of the area.