Tanzania’s green development is vital

Posted on November 12, 2014 11:59 am

Tanzania’s natural resource companies are beginning to receive recognition for their efforts to balance economic growth with conservation of the country’s rich natural heritage. This is a positive development, as striking the right balance between economic activity and conservation is crucial to the long-term future of the country. In recent years, many of these companies have clashed with environmental groups and local communities, with both sides losing the public’s trust. Mining estates currently sprawl across the country, and that number is expected to rise for the next decade. Such growth has had a positive impact on the economy and in raising income levels, especially in poorer areas.

Geita Gold Mine in Western Tanzania
Geita Gold Mine in Western Tanzania

The industry directly benefits nearly half a million people and millions of others indirectly. They also contribute billions of dollars in tax revenue for the state and support numerous small and medium-sized companies. But the ever-growing expansion of the mining industry has had detrimental impacts on the environment. Human settlements have also encroached on the habitat of endangered species. Recognizing the need to halt this development, local and foreign companies are now working with environmental groups and local governments to establish task forces to help protect the natural environment like a recently launched conservation pilot project to protect high carbon stock forests in southern Tanzania region of Iringa. That such efforts are now underway bodes well for the country and the environment. Your blogger believes that will ensure the preservation of Tanzanian forests without sacrificing economic growth.

Contador Harrison