28 December 2012

Tanzania: Climate Change Worries Mwanza

Mwanza — THE Ilemela District Commissioner, Amina Masenza, has promised to support engagement Strategy between Ilemela Civil Societies Network and Ilemela Municipal Council aiming at enhancing dialogue.

In her closing remarks during the climate change adaption and mitigation dialogue at Buswelu ward in Mwanza City, DC Masenza said that having developed the strategy would be very much important to curb pollution in Ilemela district and entire Mwanza city.

"You know humans are the major cause of environment pollution and environment degradation as well as deforestation is human being, saying human activities has turned and cause the climate change," the DC explained.

The Ilemela District Civil society's networks (ILEDICNET) Nicas Nibengo said that to develop engagement strategy between ILEDICNET and Ilemela Municipal Council on climatic change adaption and mitigation aim to enhance dialogue on climate change between Civil Societies Organization (CSOS) and Local Government Authority (LGA).

He said that this engagement will engage citizens in participants in climate change adaption and mitigation in enabling environmental pollution, deforestation and degradation, something that has brought about rain scarcity and extraordinary temperature.

Nibengo noted that this will also improve partnership between private sector, civil societies and government sector sectors to innovate diversity plans that would facilitate to educate and make awareness to the citizens in addressing the impact of climate change in the municipality.

The facilitators of the dialogue, Mr Donald Kasongi and Edward Munaaba, said that the adaption would enable people to manage their lives when climate change effects strike. There is also a need to take steps to mitigate environmental pollution that is caused by emissions that contribute to the climate change.

The executive Director for Africa Partnership on Climate change coalition, Mr Edward Munaaba, says that if people do not change life style by 2030 there will be more than 400 million climate refugees in Africa and an exodus of youths heading abroad.

He said that what is astonishing is that there have been 500 international agreements that have been concluded since 1972 the year of the Stockholm conference and establishment of United Nations environment programme but still there are no environment challenges.

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