Dar es Salaam City State of Environment Report launched in Dar
Monday 17th December, Dar-es-Salaam: The Minister of State, Vice President’s Office (Environment) Terezya Huvisa has launched the Dar-es-Salaam City State of Environment report in an event organized by the Vice President’s office. The event was attended by different key environmental stakeholders from the City and municipal councils, CBOs, members of the media, UN agencies representatives and other government agencies.
The report has specifically been funded by UNEP and received the technical and administrative support from both UNDP and UNEP.
During his speech on behalf of the UN system, The UNDP Country Director Mr Philippe Poinsot who participated in the event underlined the importance of awareness-creation, information sharing and evidence based decision in the mission to achieve sustainable development due to current environmental complexes around the world.
However, he added that environmental sustainability in the development planning processes is one of the key pillars in achieving pro-poor economic growth in the country. But environmental destruction challenges jeopardizes these efforts in the long term development of a country.
He further said, for Tanzania to be able to achieve its aim of high quality livelihood for its people and competitive economy by 2025 it needs a wise selection of policies and informed decision making which can only be possible with high quality and updated information from various sectors of the economy.
‘’It is important for the government to make a close follow up and timely implement various key recommendations from the report’’ stressed Philippe.
He also acknowledged that the launched report is of great importance and one of the desired results for the joint UNEP and UNDP Poverty and Environment Initiative which is to improve the access and utilization of environment/livelihoods data for use in local level planning.
Issues highlighted in the report are historical background of the city, the geography and physiographic characteristics, socio-economic issues, policy, legal and institutional frameworks, the status and trends of environmental resources. The report also analyses some scenarios and responses for action to safeguard the environment and human wellbeing in the city by giving some recommendations that are specific to key stakeholders.
The report is the result of the UN response to government for the preparation of the Dar es Salaam City Environment Outlook to provide environmental managers and decision makers a better understanding of environmental challenges and suggest viable solutions.
Tanzania is one of the countries which is implementing a programme on Africa Environmental Information Network (AEIN) under the support of United Nations Environmental Programme(UNEP)