Minister of State in the Office of the Vice-President, Union and Environment, Selemani Jafo made the call in Dar es Salaam yesterday during the commemoration of the Global Islamic CIVIC Day.
He urged stakeholders to continue to prioritize climate change adaptation and mitigation projects for Tanzania to support achieve its development goals.
Jafo said that for the country to attain its development goals, having a patriotic generation that prioritizes environmental conservation, is a matter of paramount importance.
He said, early this week, President Samia Suluhu Hassan attended the United Nations General Assembly summit and shared with the World that the government is preparing the National Climate Change Strategy.
“Today, I am proud to see the Ismaili community is putting this vision into action creating a sustainable impact in the community. Through Ismaili CIVIC, I can see that you are working on clan-ups, sanitation, tree planting and creating awareness in Dar es Salaam, Dodoma, Mbeya, Mwanza and Zanzibar. You are leading by example and I hope to see this programme continue and impact more public sites across the country,” he said.
He said the government has taken and continues to take measures to protect the environment.
Jafo emphasized more on cleanliness calling residents to ensure that their surroundings remain clean all the time.
“Factories and companies should plant trees and flowers around their areas,” he said.
He warned those excavating sand and other resources in rivers something which poses a huge threat to the environment.
The minister said the government will not hesitate to take stern measures to those who will be found degrading environment including any water resources and rivers
Amin Lakhani, President of the Ismaili National Council for Tanzania said: “We have come here together to launch community service initiatives that will support local schools and market places by volunteering more to care for the environment. We have cleaned, planted trees and repainted the Muhimbili Primary School as well as educating children on the importance of conserving the environment.”
The activity is titled, “Clean Environment, Healthy Environment.”
“The series of activities supporting schools, markets and other public places with clean up, planting and other environmental protection initiatives. Educate our children to be patriotic and forefront in protecting the environment,” he said.
The service initiative, called Ismaili CIVIC Tanzania, is working in partnership with regional and district governments and local partners, to plant 1,000 trees in Dodoma; support 18 fish market food vendors who serve approximately 300 sellers in Mwanza; and support 4,000 school students in Dar es Salaam, Mbeya, and Zanzibar.
Since the launch of the Ismaili CIVIC initiative across the globe in March 2020, significant impact has been created in the areas of health, education, economic development, environmental stewardship and cultural restoration. This initiative is also in collaboration with the Aga Khan Development.
Amin Kurji, diplomatic representative of the Aga Khan Development Network in Tanzania commended the government for creating an enabling environment for private investors in the social development of Tanzania.
“The friendship between Ismaili Imamat and its institutions and the government of Tanzania has a long and constructive one and our work here would be neither possible nor effective without its support,” he said.
He noted that the network and its agencies of which under the guidance of His Highness the Aga Khan work across Tanzania through programs aimed at harnessing human development, imbibing innovative initiatives targeted at complementing national development objectives.
These efforts to commemorate this service event are connected to similar activities in more than 15 countries around the world.