Tanzania: Conservation of Forests Increase

Tanzania will step up efforts in forest conservation as a strategy to reduce the impact of climate change. Deforestation and forest degradation have been blamed for increased emissions of carbon dioxide and other green house gases.  The increased forest conservation is due to Tanzania implementing its Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) program.

 

 In 2005, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) agreed that the program would be part of the protocol now implemented by several African countries. Several experts contend that mitigation efforts for implementation of REDD must evolve around forest conservation and reforestation.

 

Forest destruction is said to account for 18 to 20 per cent of the current global carbon emissions, with Africa contributing 3.8 per cent of them.  Forest conservation is the most cost-effective method of addressing climate challenges for developing countries.

 

The Tanzanian government has earmarked projects that will be implemented at the grassroots in Coast and Tanga regions as well as Zanzibar. Various coastal areas in Tanzania, including Tanga and Coast regions, are threatened by a rise in the sea level. The projects will cover Pangani, Bagamoyo and Rufiji districts apart from Zanzibar.

 

Quoting the fourth report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued in 2007, officials have said that world temperatures rose by 0.74 Celsius since the Industrial Revolution. The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere nearly doubled to 400 ppm (parts per million) from 280 ppm about 200 years ago.  Click here to read full article at thecitizen.co.tz

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