Habitat Conservation Critical To Wildlife Conservation
Tanzania‘s plan to increase game reserves from 11 to 32 currently and having 32 percent of the country under protected forest cover has been lauded. At a meeting for scientists, environmentalists and media in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday, participants argued that many countries were already experiencing the negative effects of climate change and the situation is expected to worsen as impending calamities will affect agriculture, infrastructure and health.
The Director of Environment in Vice President’s Office, Dr. Julius Ningu, said that policies were in place to counter changes in the frequency and severity of climate events, such as heat waves, droughts, floods and storms.
“This is aimed at ensuring climate change does not affect the country’s development efforts and cause shifts in other things,” he said. He was speaking at the meeting organized by Tanzania science journalists Association at Commission for Science and Technology.
He said that climate change situation can compromise any country’s ability to meet its own development objectives and the Millennium Development Goals. He noted that reducing carbon emissions can also combat climate change. He added that policies on combating climate change adaptation should be drafted and adopted by more civil societies and nations.
Good policies should be implemented to solve the current problems of climate change whose impacts are expected to hit Africa the most, he said. He added that they were laying ground work to both mitigate and adapt to the phenomenon. “We have good laws to protect the environment and environmental action plans at various levels,” he said.
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