Coastline restoration on course as initiative launched

A one-year-campaign geared towards restoration of mangrove forest along Tanzanian coastline ‘Swahili Coast’ has been launched in Dar es Salaam in efforts to curb effects of climate change in the community.

The new campaign targets to plant one million mangrove trees in the coastline. The campaign is part of 5bn/- project, which is being supported by the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF).

Other components are community empowerment in agriculture, organic agriculture and environment awareness campaigns in schools.

To attain the target, a total of 50 volunteering students from the Ismaili community planted 1,500 mangrove saplings at Mjimwema Mangrove Forest in Kigamboni, Dar es Salaam, as Tanzania Shia Ismaili Muslim community celebrated Global Ismaili CIVIC Day on Sunday.

Speaking at the event, Aga Khan Foundation’s Head of Climate Change and Resilient Programme Robert Mganzi said mangrove trees along the coastline have been adversely affected by the growing human activities including construction of houses and industrialization hence the launched programme.

He added that the one-year initiative will cover Dar es Salaam, Coast, Lindi and Mtwara, which are bordering the Indian Ocean.

On the other side, the volunteers collected 8.2 tonnes of waste, the majority being plastics at Kawe Beach in the outskirts of the city.

Explaining, Mr Mganzi said despite the plastics ban and enactment of regulations on plastic usage in the country, plenty of them are still being found in the environment especially along beaches of the Indian Ocean; hence cleaning of the areas was an ongoing exercise.

Amin Kurji, the Resident Representative for the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) for Tanzania said the umbrella organization was supporting the country in various areas including health, education and environment.

“The worldwide Ismaili community has made concerted effort to improve the quality of life of various neighbourhoods and societies around the world through Environmental Stewardship,” he said.

“The community united in a concerted effort to improve the quality of life of various neighborhoods and societies around the world through Environmental Stewardship on Sunday September 25,” he said.

Speaking after concluding the cleaning activity at Kawe Beach, Eco Hub Tanzania Managing Director Sarah Pima said the NGO encourages the community to recycle wastes collected from the sea.

“We collect a lot of waste including plastics, sacks and others. But members have managed to create a lot of products using collected wastes. They have managed to produce table mats, decorations, dust beans and sacks,” she told journalists.

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