Three regions named biggest of country’s environmental degradation

14May 2019
The Guardian Reporter
Morogoro
The Guardian
Three regions named biggest of country’s environmental degradation

THREE regions of Tabora, Kigoma and Katavi contribute 35 per cent of the country’s environmental destruction, environmentalists said yesterday, calling concerted measures to reverse the trend.

Coordinator at the National Carbon Monitoring Centre (NCMC) Prof Eliakimu Zahabu made the revelation in Morogoro municipality when speaking during the launch of NCMC transitional board.

The centre is hosted by the Sokoine University of Agriculture and the Vice President’s Office (Union Affairs and Environment). It focuses on carbon emission reductions in the forestry sector.

Prof Zahabu said the three regions had massive environment destruction as the country loses 469,420 hectares of forest annually.

According to Prof Zahabu the centre conducted research in 2013 whereas regions in the western zone were contributing to environmental destruction by 35 per cent.

He said the much destruction of forestry in Tabora is associated with tobacco farming while in Kigoma the destruction is linked with human activities done by refugees.

In Katavi region, the destruction is due to shifting agriculture and random livestock grazing.

He said that forestry destruction is also large in southern highland regions including Rukwa, Mbeya and Iringa. He said the destruction in these regions is due to unsustainable farming as well as poor management of water sources.

SUA Vice Chancellor , Raphael Chibunda said the centre is beneficial since the country gears towards an industrialized economy. He said that NCMC will help reduce carbon emissions produced by industries.

Permanent Secretary in the Vice President’s Office (Union Affairs and Environment), Eng  Joseph Malongo directed the NCMC transitional board to prepare a strategic plan which among other things will suggest ways that will enable the centre generate income instead of depending on donors and make that its services reaches Tanzanians at grass roots level.

“The centre does a number of good things but most of the people are not aware of its existence and its functions. You should ensure that research findings on environmental destruction and production of carbon emissions reach people at all levels”, he said.

NCMC board chairman, Paul Sangawe said the board will among other things advocate for mitigation of climate change since its impacts are huge.