A non-governmental organisation Fight against AIDs, Poverty and Environmental Conservation Organisation (FAAPECO) George Tegule, has announced that for the next two years, his organisation in collaboration with residents of Magomeni ward in Cost Region will reforest 50 hectares of mangrove trees, a project estimated to take 74m/-.
56m/- of the said funds are already granted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the remaining 18m/- by FAAPECO itself.
The reforestation will go hand in hand with the setting up of bee hives which are expected to attract the residents into bee-keeping and away from charcoal burning to meet their income requirements and FAAPECO has already granted 50 modern hives to add to the already existing 24 local hives.
The project is scheduled for completion sometime in 2014 and is expected to pave way for the people of the area to engage in honey production but also the restoration of the mangrove forest.
The development comes as stakeholders asserted over the weekend the need to educate the public on alternatives income generating activities. At the one day workshop held in Bagamoyo district aimed at raising awareness on climate change to residents of Magomeni ward along the coast of Bagamoyo, Sylivester Kangwe, a resident of Kitame ward in Bagamoyo, told our reporter that many people in the area destroy the environment in their daily income quest which has seen them almost completely obliterate the mangrove trees for charcoal and building material.
Kangwe however reported that the almost irreversible destruction was all due to lack of information on the side effects of deforestation and also knowledge on the benefits of environmental conservation activities.
Social development officer for Magomeni ward in Bagamoyo, Shamimu Kamwabwa, recognised the efforts by private institutions in environmental conservation noting that they were of great assistance and compliment government efforts.
Kamwabwa called on more NGOs to join the efforts established by other stakeholders to boost awareness and skills on sustainable developmental and environmental conservation.