DAR ES SALAAM, June 27 (Xinhua) — Tanzanian Vice President Philip Mpango on Monday reaffirmed the government’s commitment to the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and marine resources.
A statement from the vice president’s office said Mpango made the pledge when he addressed the United Nations Ocean Conference in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon.
According to the statement, Mpango said that apart from ratifying international conventions for the management of marine pollution, Tanzania has developed policies, strategies and plans to manage pollution.
He said Tanzania has also taken action including a total ban on single-use plastic bags which are the main polluters of the world’s oceans.
“We have also enacted laws that guide the management of coastal and marine resources,” he said, adding that Tanzania has also undertaken projects related to the management, protection, conservation and restoration of coastal ecosystems. and sailors.
Mpango mentioned other conservation measures like controlling blast fishing by nearly 99 percent and strengthening surveillance and control of fishing activities on the high seas.
Tanzania’s territorial waters cover 64,000 square kilometres, making the country rich in biodiversity with huge blue economy potential that supports the livelihoods of millions of its people, including food security and mode of transport. .
However, Mpango said, the exploitation of this ocean-based sector is compromised by marine pollution, loss of biodiversity and aquatic habitat, climate change-related impacts and beach erosion.