Environment and Natural Resources

The livelihood of Tanzania’s fast growing population of 53.4 million is highly dependent on the environment and natural resources. Unsustainable harvesting of natural resources, unchecked cultivation, degradation of and encroachment of water sources coupled with global climate change pose challenges for achieving and sustaining the SDGs for environment.Read more

Our Goals

The overall focus of UNDP is to ensure environmental sustainability through supporting MDAs and LGAs to integrate climate change adaptation and mitigation in their strategies and plans. In addition, MDAs, LGAs and Non-State Actors are supported to improve enforcement of environment laws and regulations for the protection of ecosystems, biodiversity and the sustainable management of natural resources. Read more

Sustainable land and Forest Management

UNDP Supports the development of a national strategic investment framework for mainstreaming Sustainable Land Management and environmental conservation into national economic growth goalsmore

Our Stories

Communities participate in protecting Lake Tanganyika

Buhoro village, Kasulu District in Kigoma Region is among of the heavily degraded upstream villages which pour sediments to Lake Tanganyika through Ruchugi River which has its source from this village. During the rainy season (November to May), one may clearly observe brown water from River Ruchugi which is a clear indication of high degradation from upstream to the source of the river which at the end affect Lake Tanganyika and its biodiversity.more 

Community member accesing safe and clean water

Khadija Komboni (36yrs) is a mother of 12 children living in Nungwi A village, North A District Zanzibar. As other areas in the world, the village faced serious impact of climate change including rise in the sea level which led to sea water intruding in ‘fresh’ water supplies, thus contaminating the wells and reduced water supplies.more 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Of many serious environmental threats that face Lake Tanganyika, the most are excessive loads of sediments and nutrients caused by erosion in the watershed. The lake basin is undergoing deforestation at an alarming rate; rapid erosion as a consequence of this deforestation is resulting in the discharge of excessive load of nutrients and sediments into normally clear-water littoral and sublittoral environments. Industrial and urban pollution and intensive fishing using inappropriate methods are also imposing threat to the lake environment and its biological diversitymore 

  • Tanzania is a major repository of globally significant biodiversity, ranking amongst the top countries in tropical Africa in terms of the number of distinct eco-regions represented and in species richness. The high turn over of biodiversity across the country presents a challenge to conservation managers as it means large areas need to be managed so as to conserve the full range biodiversity. Protected Areas(PAs) provide the principle means for protecting the countries biodiversity values.more 

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