ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania on Thursday launched a nationwide tree
planting campaign aimed at rescuing the east African nation from
the risk of becoming a desert.
Speaking at the
official launch of the campaign in the country’s capital, Dodoma,
Tanzania’s Vice President, Samia Suluhu Hassan blamed local
government authorities for failure to keep the national tree
planting campaign alive, saying the country risks becoming a
desert if no action is taken.
She argued that
records show that at least 61 percent of the country is likely
to become a desert, calling on the councils and municipal
authorities to come up with by-laws to ensure schools,
universities and other institutions plant trees annually. The
same should also be at family levels.
Samia noted that for
many years the Tanzanian government has been implementing a
number of tree planting campaigns but unfortunately they all
turned unsuccessful due to lack of efforts from the local
authority leaders to sustain the plans.
expressed her commitment to actively participate in implementing
the father of the nation, Julius Nyerere’s vision of
transforming Dodoma into a green city.
“Both regional and
district authorities have not been telling the government the
truth as they do not effectively oversee the entire process and
give false statistics on tree planting,” she said here Wednesday
before launching a nationwide tree planting programme.
government first launched tree planting campaign in the 1970s
and later in the 2000s to ensure every council plant at least
1.5 million trees annually. However, the Vice President said the
plan was not effectively implemented.
“Had all the
campaigns been fully implanted, we could have a better
environment today,” said the official.
At least 2,500 trees
were planted at Mzakwe area some 20 km from Dodoma municipality
on the way to Arusha. The Ministry of Natural Resources and
Tourism said there were 100,000 trees ready for the municipality
and 650,000 more to be planted across the districts in the
The VP directed the
regional authorities to ensure the trees allocated by the
ministry are planted within 14 days.
She warned however,
no tree should be abandoned to dry.
Tanzania has 33
million hectares of forests and woodland, but the country has
been losing more than 400,000 hectares of forest a year for two
decades, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s
2010 Global Forests Resources Assessment.
Chinese state councilor meets
Tanzanian, Venezuelan foreign ministers
BEIJING, (Xinhua) --
Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi on Wednesday
met with Tanzanian Minister for Foreign Affairs Augustine Mahiga
and Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza.
During the meeting
with Mahiga, Yang said China will make efforts to cement
contacts with Tanzania in all fields, enhance exchanges on
governance experience, strengthen mutual political trust, and
advance coordination on regional and global issues.
the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative and the common
development vision, expressing Tanzania’s will to be a good
cooperative partner of China.
When meeting with
Arreaza, Yang hailed the development of the China-Venezuela
relationship, saying China will push forward ties with Venezuela
to make the relationship yield benefits to the two peoples.
Venezuela is ready to actively participate in the Belt and Road
Initiative and reinforce bilateral cooperation.