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Issue 1

Environment E-news Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change etc. Issues 1: 21-25 May 2018 Prepared by Faustine Ninga, DPGE Secretariat, for DPGE; dpge.tanzani@gmail.com
WILDLIFE 1.        Anti-poaching drive gets tour operators’ support: Poaching remains a major challenge to conservation and has prompted tourism players in Serengeti to embark on supporting the Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) through the Frankfurt Zoological Society, by funding the Serengeti De-Snaring Programme. Click here to read more.   2.        What Tanzania's tourism industry needs to bloom: In 2016 the number of tourists visiting the tourist sites declined to 45.3 per cent from 47.4 per cent a year before. Click here to read more   3.        This is why Bunge committee is skeptical on tourism VAT: Parliament’s Lands, Natural Resources and Tourism Committee said yesterday it is too early to conclude that the introduction if VAT on tourism has had no adverse impact on the sector. Click here to read more   4.        5 more Parks to boost Tourism: President John Magufuli has approved a proposal to upgrade five game reserves into national parks to widen the country’s tourism scope. Natural Resources and Tourism Minister, Dr. Hamisi Kigwangalla, broke the good news in the National Assembly here on Tuesday while winding up the ministry’s budget estimates for the 2018/2019 fiscal year. Click here to read more   5.        Karatu in drive to save lake Manyara National Park from Extinction: Authorities in Karatu District have announced new strategies aimed at saving Lake Manyara National Park, which is on the verge of extinction due to deposition caused by farming activities on major rivers, pumping water into the sanctuary. Click here to read more   6.        Let’s tread carefully on the tourism sector. Click here to read more
FOREST 7.        TFS, Mihan pact pushes to enhance forests protection: Tanzania Forest Service (TFS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mihan Gas Co. Ltd, further formalizing their joint partnership in protecting forests and promoting use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). TFS Chief Executive Officer, Prof. Dos Santos Silayo says “hundreds of thousands of natural forests acres have disappeared.” He said the government has conducted awareness campaign bringing in stakeholders to deliberate on new ways to protect subsequently enhance forest cover. He said the firm will also supply modern charcoal stoves across all regions, targeting population that is unable to pay for gas cooker and its appliances. (Monday, Daily News, The Citizen)   8.        Innovation that seeks to create jobs in beekeeping industry. Click here to read more   9.        MP quest tree-logging plan ahead of Stiegler’s Gorge Project.:Members of parliament yesterday raised new concerns over possible over-eagerness being displayed by the government to get the highly-touted 2,100MW Stiegler’s Gorge hydroelectric power dam project within the Selous Game Reserve off the ground as quickly as possible. Click here to read more
CLIMATE CHANGE 10.     Dar commits to Paris Climate Agreement: Dar es Salaam is among the nine African megacities that have revealed their commitment to bold climate action and pledged to deliver on their share of the Paris Agreement. The commitments were made in Lagos, Nigeria at the launch of the C40Climate Action Planning African Programme. C40’s Climate Action Planning Africa Programme will provide direct support to the nine cities in developing unprecedented, robust and evidence-based, long-term climate action plans that align with the ambitious objectives of the Paris Agreement. Click here to read more   11.     Climate and disaster risk financing get fresh boost from AfDB. Click here to read more
OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS (With specific focus on Stiegler’s Gorge Project) 12.     Why Tanzania sets Sh700bn for Stiegler’s Gorge project: According to the ministry’s expenditure plan for the next financial year tabled in Parliament yesterday, Sh700 billion has been allocated to the project, which is meant to significantly boost electricity production and drive forward the government’s industrialisation agenda. The Ministry of Energy’s 2018/19 budget has shot up by over 40 per cent to Sh1.69 trillion, courtesy of the giant Stiegler’s. Click here to read more   13.     Stiegler’s Gorge power project to eat up huge chunk of energy budget: Almost half of the Ministry’s budget for the upcoming 2018/19 financial year will be channeled towards ‘partial’ implementation of the 2,100-megawatt hydroelectric power dam project at Stiegler’s Gorge within the Selous Game Reserve, it has been disclosed in the parliament. According to Minister Medard Kalemani, the ministry’s total budget proposal for the year amounts to 1.6 trillion/- out of which at least 700bn/- is to be set aside for the much-touted power project supply problems once and for all. Click here to read more   14.     Tanzania's Stiegler’s Gorge project has a new impact assessment, not the 2009 one: Mr. Makamba's response came one day after Members of Parliament engaged in a heated debate over the project expected to generate 2,100MW of electricity at the Selous Game Reserve. Click here to read more   15.     Stiegler's Gorge: Govt's study pledge welcome: The debate was a mix of both support and opposition to the project that has been on the cards for decades. Click here to read more   16.     Nape, Zitto question: Where is the environmental assessment for Stiegler's Gorge project?: Debating the budget of the ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism on Tuesday, Nape Nnauye (Mtama-CCM) and Zitto Kabwe (Kigoma Urban - ACT Wazalendo) asked the government to wait for the strategic environmental impact assessment. Click here to read more.   17.     Tanzania's Makamba equates Stiegler’s gorge with Kihansi, says it can be done: The Minister of State in the Vice President’s Office (Union Affair and Environment) Mr. January Makamba has said that NEMC will soon be visiting the site of the Stiegler’s Gorge power generation project to verify the EIA report that had been submitted. Click here to read more   18.     Tanzania to mark Environment Day with raft of activities: Speaking to reporters yesterday, the minister of State in the Vice President’s Office (Union Affairs and Environment), Mr January Makamba, said the series of events will start on May 31 and end on World Environment Day, which is scheduled for June 5 in Dar es Salaam. Click here to read more
PUBLICATIONS 19.     Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2018: From World Development Indicators. Click here to download 20.     State and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2018. Click here to download
EVENTS 21.     Joint DPG-Env. and DPG–Energy Meeting – Mon. 28th, 9.30AM at World Bank. Contact: dpge.tanzania@gmail.com   22.     East and Southern Africa Workshop on National Climate Change Reports Project Management and Regional MRV Network Development, 28-30 MAY 2018, Harbour View Hotel. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Contact: Stanford.mwakasonda@un.org   23.     High-Level Symposium on Environment and National Economy, 1st June 2018 Hyatt Regency Hotel, Dar es salaam. For more details, please contact: tomaschali@yahoo.com
EMPLOYMENTS/CONSULTANCIES 24.     PPG - Socio-Economic Development Expert with expertise in Stakeholder Engagement and Gender Mainstreaming. Click here for more details   25.     PPG - Biodiversity Expert. Click here for more details   26.     PPG – Monitoring and Evaluation Expert. Click here for more details   27.     National Consultant for the Mid-Term Review of the Project on “Securing Watershed Services through Sustainable Land Management in the Ruvu and Zigi Catchment (Eastern ARC Region), Tanzania. Click here for more details   28.     International Consultant for the Mid-Term Review of the Project on “Securing Watershed Services through Sustainable Land Management in the Ruvu and Zigi Catchment (Eastern ARC Region), Tanzania. Click here for more details   29.     National individual consultancy for Biodiversity expert to provide consultancy services for the development of a global environment facility-funded, UNDP-supported project aimed at protection of forests and coastal habitats on Zanzibar. Click here for more details   30.     National individual consultancy for M&E expert to provide consultancy services for the development of a global environment facility-funded, UNDP-supported project aimed at protection of forests and coastal habitats on Zanzibar. Click here for more details