Tanzania’s policy to maintain at least 32% of the country under protected forest cover has been lauded in the international media.

The Director of Environment in Vice President’s Office, Dr Julius Ningu, recently told the Science Journalists Association at Tanzania’s Commission for Science and Technology. He said that the policy had been put into place to counter changes in the frequency and severity of climate events, such as heat waves, droughts, floods and storms. He said that the intention of the policy was to ensure that climate change does not affect the country’s development efforts. Dr Ningu also claimed that Tanzania had good laws to protect the environment and environmental action plans at various levels.