Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Dar Under-Performs in Environmental Management Test

THE Minister of State in the Vice- President's Office (Environment), Dr Terezya Huvisa, has expressed her concern over the state of cleanliness of Dar es Salaam city, saying it irks to witness garbage everywhere.

Launching a report on the Dar es Salaam state of environment in the city yesterday, Dr Huvisa said urbanization was a major challenge for the environmental management, saying the report would provide the city council with guidelines to keep the city clean.

She said the report was the result of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) which took place in Kampala in 2002, saying the AMCEN discovered that the lack of information on the state of environment was the hindrance to the implementation of the international agreement on the environmental management.

Permanent Secretary in the Vice President's Office, Mr Sazi Salula, pointed out that Tanzania is one of the countries which are implementing Africa and Environmental Information Network (AEIN) under the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

"Dar es Salaam was appointed to prepare a report on state of the environment which will be used as the guidelines for the entire nation," he said.

An official from United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Ms Clara Makenya, said the report has been supported under the Division of Early Warning and Assessment and that it is one of the products of the work that aims at improving access to meaningful environmental data and information.

"The information will increase the capacity of governments while decision making and action for sustainable development," she said. Ms Makenya said the UNEP integrated environmental assessment and reporting work is the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) process and that it's in the global level, saying the various efforts take place at the local levels with the same objective.

She noted that UNEP operates under six thematic priorities which are Climate Change, Disaster and Conflicts, Ecosystem management, Environmental governance, Harmful substances and hazardous waste and Resource Efficiency. "At the country level, UNEP operates within the framework of UN Development Assistance Plan," she said.

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