Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park Order under Review
Jozani, 18th October 2016
“It is high time now to review the Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park Order of 2004 for several reasons including the repeal of Environmental Act No. 2 of 1996, the passage of Environmental Act No. 3 of 2015 as well as to accommodate the 12 years experience accumulated in the management of the Park” said Mr. Tahir Abass Haji, the Chief Park Warden of JCBNP while addressing the workshop organized by the Park Authority to start the review process.
Mr. Haji so informed the participants in a workshop held at Jozani Environmental Conservation Association (JECA) Meeting Hall on Thursday, 18th August 2016. The workshop was attended by staff from Department of Forestry and Non-renewable Natural Resource (DFNR), which is the lead institution in the park management, Park Authority members and representatives from JECA and UWEMAJO, which are civil societies operating in Jozani area.
JECA is an umbrella NGO for nine Shehias in the Jozani-Chwaka Bay area and UWEMAJO is also an umbrella organization for the farmers in the south boundary JCBNP, whose farms are used by visitors of the National Park for viewing Red Colobus monkeys, on of the 14 sub-species of colobus monkeys found in Africa.
The workshop was facilitated by Mr. Saleh Khiari, Planning and Administration Officer in the DFNR and Ms. Arafa Sadiq a lawyer doing internship in the DFNR. The facilitors informed the workshop that the review will be a three-stage process, in which part one of the process will be to bring up to speed all participants on the existing Order and signing-off what to remain what to be deleted.
The second stage of the process will be to add new sections basing on the emerging issue and experiences of 12 years of park operation. The third part of process will compiling the new order and submitting it to the Forest Authority for further action.
The JCBNP was established in 2004 by section 75(1) of the repealed Environmental Act No.2 of 1996. The JCBNP order was signed by Hon. Mussa Ame Silima, then Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Cooperatives.
The Park was officially inaugurated on 7th January 2005 by former Chief Minister of Zanzibar, Mr. Shamsi Nahodha as part 2005 Revolution Anniversary. The National Park covers an area of more than 5,000 hectares in the Central District of Zanzibar.
Hon. Minister Hamad Rashid burned 25 Chainsaws at MaruhubiBy Fatma M. Sanani, Lailat M. Haji, Husna S. Ali and Ruhaila A. Khamis, SUZA students reporting for DFNR
Zanzibar, 10th August 2016.
The Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources, Livestock and Fisheries, Hon. Hamad Rashid Mohammed and his Deputy Minister Hon. Lulu Msham Abdalla jointly set ablaze 25 pieces of chainsaws captured by Department of Forestry and Non Renewable Natural Resources in various parts of Unguja Island.
Hon. Hamad and Hon. Lulu together flamed the chainsaws together at Maruhubi near ASSP/ASDP-L ZANZIBAR SUB-PROGRAMMES offices on Wednesday 10th August 2016 at 04:30 pm. Present at the event were Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr. Juma Ali Juma, Director of Policy, Planning and Research, Mr. Sheha I. Hamdan, the Director of Forestry and Non Renewable Natural Resources, Mr. Yussuf H. Kombo and staffs of the ministry.
Importation, storage, owning and use of chainsaws in Zanzibar have been banned since June 2015. According to Chainsaw Regulation published in the official Government Gazette CXXIV No. 6569 of June 2015 chainsaws are only allowed to be used for emergencies, saving lives, in the supply and provision of communication and electric lines or any person duly authorized by the Forest Administrator.
According to the Woody Biomass Survey of 2013, Zanzibar is faced with a deforestation rate of 1,000 ha/yr and with annual wood demand that outruns the supply of wood products by 800,000m3. Chainsaws have been named as one of the major cause of such high rate of deforestation.
According the official statistics of the Department, the burned chainsaws were apprehended in Fuoni, Miwani, Ndunduke, Zingwezingwe, Bumbwi Sudi, Fujoni. Other villages include Kianga, Tomondo, Unguja Ukuu, Mbaleni, Mchangani, Kianga, Kinuni, Donge, Chuwini and Ubago.
This is not the first time in Zanzibar for chainsaws to be set ablaze. It has happened both in Pemba and Unguja.
Mr. Yussuf H. Kombo appointed as the New Director of DFNR
Following the March election 2016, Mr. Yussuf Haji Kombo was appointed as the new Director of Deparment of Forestry and Non-Renewable Natural Resources. Mr. Kombo is a M.Sc Forestry graduate with experience in ethnobotany, conservation, rubber plantation management as well as practicing herbalist. Mr. Kombo will be the 8th Director to head the Forest Department in Zanzibar.
Left: The Outgoing Director and Right: The Incoming Director of DFNR
Mr. Sheha Idrissa Hamdani appointed as the New Director of Policy, Planning and Research
The outgoing Director of Zanzibar Forestry and Non-Renewable Natural Resources Mr. Sheha Idrissa Hamdani has been appointed as the Director of Policy, Planning and Research following the new election in March 2016. Mr. Hamdani is succeeding Ms. Maryam A. Juma who was also appointed as the Deputy Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources, Livestock and Fisheries.
We say congratulation and wish them fruitful endeavour and best performance in the new positions and appointments.
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