TFS to work on President Samia’s orders on water sources protection

24Nov 2021
Gerald Kitabu
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
TFS to work on President Samia’s orders on water sources protection

​​​​​​​THE Tanzania Forest Service (TFS) has vowed to work with district and regional commissioners to identify all forest invaders and those conducting illegal activities such as pastoralists, illegal settlements to make sure that they are removed.

TFS chief Executive Officer Prof. Dos Santos Silayo. Photo by Gerald Kitabu

The move is part of executing directives made by President Samia Suluhu recently to all local leaders to protect water sources saying it has received with greater ambition.

In an interview, TFS Chief Executive Officer Prof. Dos Santos Silayo said: “As TFS responsible for the forest management are going to work with the regional commissioner to identify all forest invaders and those conducting illegal activities such as pastoralists, illegal settlements to make sure that they are removed.”

“We have urged by the President to take care of water sources, be it rivers, dams. Water sources encompass forests which have, among other things, the national parks and game reserves. It is our role to make sure that these areas are well protected,” he said.

He said that no one is permitted to go in and conduct any activities which are not permitted by law or against conservation principles, be it agriculture, settlement or pastoralists,” he stressed.

He further said: “If we shall be able to protect the areas properly as we wish to do and the way we are doing now, then we will be able to ensure this country have a sustainable forest that will ensure a microclimate to attract rainfall and make these forests support mitigation options in the country.”

There will be carbon sink and reduce temperatures, there will be good sources for the forests products such as timbers, there will be house for fauna diversity and reduce human-wildlife conflicts because these wildlife will live peacefully and avoid interaction with local communities.

“By so doing, without inducing conflicts between human and wildlife, we will be able to make forests produce ecological services like water for domestic use, agriculture and animal use, he said.

He said TFS has taken the directive by the president with greater ambition  adding that if TFS works together with regional commissioners as per the President’s directive, it is will be easier to protect the forests in many ecosystems.

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