Skip to main content

2019-02-20 | story

Tanzania: Environmental loss: the cost to Tanzania’s economy

© Anita Ritenour

Much of Tanzania’s economic growth is dependent on the natural ecosystems that allow the harvesting of resources such as water, timber, and fish from the environment. However, society often regards these resources as infinite and free, which can lead to their over exploitation, resulting in the ecosystems becoming degraded and unhealthy. The ripple effect can be felt through the entire economy.

This was the key message at the commemoration of the United Nations World Environment Day in Tanzania in June 2017, where local experts spoke on the importance of ecosystems in this East African country, and highlighted the need for conservation and other efforts to avoid environmental degradation. 

Full document in PDF