Jun 06, 2012

Zanzibar: Aid To Cope With Rising Water Level

Zanzibar will receive support from Tanzania to face the increasing challenges of climate change, especially when it comes to Panza Island. 

Below is an article published by AllAfrica:

Tanzania has secured one million US dollars aid from the Global Fund in support of the country's efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change.

The Director of Environment and Resource Management in Zanzibar, Mr Sheha Mjaja Juma, said on Tuesday [5 June 2012] that the support would be directed to coastal areas in Zanzibar, Tanga and Rufiji.

"Here in Zanzibar we expect to spend money in mitigating the impact of climate change at Panza Island which is facing the risk of being washed away amid the rise of sea water level as a result of global warming," he said.

He noted that the money will also be spent on preventing of further damage to the coastline adjacent to Bwawani Hotel due to erosion that has sea water nearer to the hotel's buildings.

Earlier, the Minister of State in the Second Vice-President's Office, Ms Fatma Abdulhabib Fereji, said that as the world marks Environment Day today, it is time for Zanzibaris to be reminded of the need to conserve environment.

"Zanzibar's environment was in a good condition, but increased human activity such as farming, industry, construction and transport lead to degradation. We must now reverse the trend," she said.