Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Environmental experts from nine African countries on
Wednesday met in Tanzania to discuss issues related to
Indian Ocean governance.
The experts are from
countries who are implementing the Western Indian Ocean
Large Marine Ecosystem Strategic Action Programme Policy
Harmonization and Institutional Reforms, which was
derived from a previous project funded by the Global
Environmental Facility (GEF).
Countries, which are implementing the project,
include Tanzania, Kenya, Madagascar and Mozambique.
In implementing the project the National
Environmental Management Council (NEMC) is the focal
point in Tanzania.
Esnati Chaggu, chairman of the Board of Directors of
the NEMC, revealed this when speaking in the country’s
commercial capital, Dar es Salaam during a one-day
workshop on sustainable ocean resources management in
and beyond eastern Africa.
Chaggu called on African nations to ensure delivery
of best practices and upholding past lessons in ocean
He said the project was an expression of joint
commitment to see that addressing environmental concerns
such as pollution, over-exploitation of coastal and
marine resources and coastal habitat alteration is
effectively and efficiently managed.
"We all contribute towards realization of the
sustainable development goals," Chaggu told participants
The current work is implemented by the Nairobi
Convention Secretariat under the United Nations
Environment Programme, the United Nations Development
Programme and GEF.
Chaggu said the overall objective of the project is
to achieve effective long-term ecosystem management and
that particular attention will be paid to supporting
policy harmonization and management reforms toward
improved ocean governance.