ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania’s semi-autonomous archipelago of
Zanzibar has embarked on a campaign against mangrove destruction
along the isles’ coastline.
Sheha Mjaja Juma,
Director General of the Zanzibar Environment Management
Authority (ZEMA), told Xinhua in an interview on Wednesday that
the campaign aimed at protecting and replanting mangrove
“Our aim is to save
mangrove forests from extinction as the rate at which mangroves
are being cut is worrying. In fact, the rate of replacement does
not match with what we are losing,” the official said,
explaining that the dense root systems of mangrove forests trap
sediments flowing down rivers and off the land.
“It helps stabilize
the coastline and prevents erosion from waves and storms. In
areas where mangroves have been cleared, coastal damage from
hurricanes and typhoons is much more severe,” Juma said.
protecting coral reefs and seagrass meadows from being smothered
in sediment, mangrove forests also produce numerous good and
services both to the marine environment and people, according to
The strategies will
include educating people on the need to protect the environment
as well as reinforcing the fight against mangrove cutting along
He said the campaign
is an effort to deter climate change impacts including flooding
and erosion as well as rising of sea level.
The official said in
recent years, 145 areas that had been used for farming and
settlements in the archipelago have disappeared due to rising
sea level and erosion.
Most of the affected
areas saw destruction of mangroves, which play a key role in
damage mitigation during disasters. It is estimated that
Zanzibar has a total of 18,000 hectares of mangroves, with
Road accidents in
Tanzania decline by 48 pct in 3rd quarter
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian traffic police said Wednesday
that road accidents in the East African nation declined by 48
percent in the third-quarter of 2017 compared to the same period
the head of traffic police in the country, said road accidents
between July and September went down by 1,264 from 2,639
recorded in the same period in 2016.
Musilimu said deaths
and injuries caused by accidents also went down by 298 or 32
percent and 974 or 40 percent, respectively.
He attributed the
decrease to efforts by the traffic police force in enforcing
road traffic regulations and raising public awareness.
“We have been
raising public awareness through various programs,” he told a
news conference at the launch of the Road Safety Week.
motorists who violated road traffic regulations saying legal
action will be taken against them.
Musilimu invited all
road users at a road safety campaign set to begin on Nov. 18 in
the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.
He said after the
campaign traffic police force will not tolerate any traffic
“It is not our duty
to educate drivers on roads, if they need education they have to
attend the road safety week campaigns or visit our offices,”