Annual tree-planting to protect Pangani basin kicks off

02Jul 2020
James Lanka
The Guardian
Annual tree-planting to protect Pangani basin kicks off

​​​​​​​THE Pangani Basin Water Board (PBWB) has embarked on an annual tree planting programme aimed at protecting the north-eastern catchment area.

The exercise started this week as part of celebration of the board’s 29th anniversary of service which came along with other activities such as three-day awareness creating to the public on its activities.

Speaking to this paper in Moshi Municipality yesterday, the PBWB’s Chief Executive Officer Segule Segule said that his institution will hold such event every year.

Pangani Basin Water Board (PBWB) was established in July, 1991 in accordance with the Water Utilisation (Control and Regulation) Act No. 42 of 1974 and its subsequent amendments. But the former Act has been repealed and replaced with recently enacted Water Resources Management Act No. 11 of 2009.

“We will continue to have such event every year which will go together with series of activities including  creating awareness on our activities to the public, tree planting on water sources and cleanliness of water trenches, among many others,” he said.

He clarified that as opposed to belief by some quarters that PBWB is responsible for water supply, the board is only responsible for water resources protection and provision of permits for water users.

“The head office of the basin is located in Moshi Municipality in Kilimanjaro Region while two other offices are situated in Arusha and Tanga regions to ease our services to the public,” the CEO explained.

According to Segule, the PBWB is comprised of ten members drawn from public institutions as well as private sector. Others are representatives of catchment water committees, local government authorities, water and sanitation authorities as well as the ministry responsible for water.

“The chairperson and members of the board are appointed by the minister responsible for water. According to the Water Resources Management Act of 2009, the Basin Water Board is financially and administratively autonomous body. The water officer is the secretary to the board.” he explained.

Segule added that the board is also implementing the Pangani River Basin Management Project (PRBMP) which is generating technical information and developing participatory forums to strengthen integrated water resources management in the Pangani Basin.

“This includes mainstreaming climate change, supporting the equitable provision and wise governance of freshwater for livelihoods and environment for current and future generations,” he said.

“PRBMP has four major components: environmental flow assessment, community participation in water resources management, climate change and groundwater assessment (to support the integrated water resource management and development plan.”

The project is implemented by PBWB with technical assistance from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), The Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) and the local NGO PAMOJA.

PRBMP is co-funded by the government of Tanzania, IUCN Water and Nature Initiative (WANI), the European Commission (EU) through a grant from the EU-ACP Water Facility and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through UNDP.

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