Zainab Ansell: Entrepreneur with environment at heart

September 28, 2012 at 7:31 am Leave a comment

POVERTY and environmental degradation are twins and their parent is ignorance. The efforts made by the government and non governmental organizations are meaningless if the Tanzanians themselves will not take part in the fight against environmental degradation.

Despite the fact that the government of Tanzania through the National Environmental Management Council (NEMC) has been advocating environmental preservation, most Tanzanians are doing the contrary. Tanzanians ought to understand that environmental degradation has negative consequences such as food shortages.

Crops provide good yields depending on the availability of reliable rainfall, good irrigation and use of acceptable and quality manure, among other factors. Forests and bushes attract rainfall which is a key factor in supporting agricultural activities. In Kilimanjaro Region, the government and other environmental stakeholders including NGOs, CBOs, and some companies in collaboration with the Kilimanjaro National park (KINAPA) have made so many efforts to conserve the environment in the region targeting Mt. Kilimanjaro ‘buffer zone’.

Ms Ansell, is one of Great Woman Entrepreneurs in Tanzania who attended the Global Report on Women in Tourism (GRWT) conference, a joint with United Nations World Tourism Organizations (UNWTO) last year marking a new era for tackling gender issues in the tourism sector. It provides detailed statistical information on women’s role andstatus in the tourism industry, offering recommendations on how to improve the current situation. Read More

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