Project coordinator from University of Dar es Salaam, Prof Jamidu Katima, made this call on Tuesday during the first workshop of national stakeholders for environment organised by AGENDA for Environment and Responsible Development, which aimed at developing national waste management strategy in the country.
Prof Katima said that there is importance of involving stakeholders in crucial issues and hence this workshop constitutes most important stakeholders from relevant institutions in the country.
“We look forward that this workshop will foster links, synergies, networking and collaboration between these different stakeholders and other who are not present today,” Prof Katima said.
Prof Katima added that the overall goal of the workshop is to share and discuss the draft Dar es Salaam Solid Waste Strategy and draft National Solid Waste Strategy.
“The strategies aim at strengthening the technical capacity on data collection and analysis, assessment waste management systems such as policies, institutional arrangements, financing mechanisms, technology and infrastructure and stakeholders roles,” he added.
Prof Katima also explained that the project was developed as part of the UN Environment sub-programme on Chemicals and Waste in line with the UN Environment Program of Work output.
He explained that the project aims to enhance the implementation of integrated waste management solutions at a national and local level to reduce adverse public health and environment impacts of waste, increase resource recovery from waste as well as to protect livelihoods.
“A holistic approach for waste management is promoted to support circular economy with strong links to sustainable consumption and production patterns based on life cycle assessment,” he explained.
He also noted that this project is implemented in close cooperation between International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) and various UN Environment offices including the regional offices.
“One of the components of the project is; ‘National and city level waste management strategies leading to development of legislative framework’, which aims to provide support to selected countries and cities in developing national and city strategies;
Tanzania is one of nine countries which are to benefit from the UN-funded--“For Africa, this component is currently implemented in Mauritius, Kenya, Uganda, Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Cape Verde and Tanzania. The objective of this project is to develop a national waste management strategy and establish mechanism for its implementation,” he noted.
For his part, regional sub-programme coordinator for UN Environment, Professor Abdouraman Bary said that his organisation is entitled to bring attention to the global community on how to resolve environmental issues especially pollutions.
“Waste management is a big issue in Africa. African countries can bring the waste under control by developing technology for waste management, improving the waste collection ways and its recycling process, encouraging capacity building to environment stakeholders who will be able to create awareness to the public on waste management.
“Also African countries should look at wastes as an opportunity because wastes can provide opportunity for job creation through recycling process,” Professor Bary said.