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Building a Sustainable Tanzania

Over the past few years, there has been an increasing shift towards environmentally conscious and conservation oriented practices across the globe. From businesses implementing sustainable measures within their operations to governments forming policies that prioritize nature, significant efforts continue to be made to spread awareness of the importance of taking environmental action for sustainable development.

Business Sustainability is a key focus area for the CEO Roundtable of Tanzania (CEOrt). Whilst the country has extensive conserved land, Tanzania’s biodiversity is threatened by the rapidly growing population and economic activities. Working in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) SUSTAIN Programme, the CEOrt has been involved in various activities to enhance sustainability policies and practices not just amongst its members but throughout the nation by way of engaging the government and private sector as a whole.

Members’ efforts that drive the sustainability agenda are a definite source of great inspiration. It is encouraging to see a growing number of organizations adopting the sustainability agenda for greater environmental impact and taking the initiative towards building a sustainable Tanzania.

A couple of months ago, TiGO Tanzania made waves by taking a leading role in tackling conservation issues on Mountain Kilimanjaro in an effort to restore and conserve the snow cap on Africa’s highest peak by launching a tree planting initiative; Tigo Green for Kili project. We have the likes of Nabaki Afrika Limited, a leading company in the construction industry with a major focus on environmental and waste management awareness via Nipe Fagio, a local non-profit that empowers individuals, the civil society, the private sector and government to build lasting change towards turning Dar es Salaam into a Zero Waste City. Scania Tanzania is another company that also continues to play a central role in championing environmental based initiatives within Tanzania, and partnered with UbongoKids, Africa’s leading producer of kids’ edutainment to create fun and educational cartoon series focused on teaching children important lessons on environmental stewardship. These are just a few examples of the strides being made by local private sector entities to address matters of crucial concern to communities, including climate change, biodiversity, environmental conservation and sustainability.

As we commend the positive steps taken, let us also remember there is still a way to go on this journey to building a sustainable Tanzania. The work that is already being done is a great start – you too can #PlayYourPart.

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