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Tanzania to plant millions of trees in next 16 years to combat climate change

ARUSHA, Tanzania, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- Tanzania's government on Thursday announced its grand plan of planting millions of trees within the next 16 years to combat climate change.

The announcement came at the time when thousands of forest land fall prey of rampant tree felling for fuel wood and timber, which end up causing unprecedented changes in weather patterns in respective areas.

"Tree planting programme is part of the government's mission towards addressing deforestation that leads to high emission of carbon dioxide," said Binilith Mahenge, Minister of State in Vice President's Office (Environment), when addressing participants attending the 13th meeting of the United Nations Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN- REDD) Policy Board members in Arusha.

He also said the move intends to meet the country's wood products deficit that stands at 19.5 million cubic meters, as well as scaling-down impacts of climate change.

"We have different approaches on the ground in regards towards mitigation measures on climate change. But, now we're taking tree campaign as a serious measure," he said, adding that different stakeholders will be involved in the campaign from grassroots level to national level.

"The new mission will not stop those measures which are in place but it will encourage people to plant more trees as they can in their localities," he said. "Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time. As one of developing nations, the fate of Tanzania and her destiny are critically linked to climate changes. "

According to Mahenge, some further impacts include melting of ice cap on Mt. Kilimanjaro and submerging of some islands along Tanzania's coast of Indian ocean.

The minister told the gathering that Tanzania has a total of 48 million hectares of forest woodland, equivalent to 55 percent of the land area, though half of the forest is within the protected areas.

"For sustainable harvesting, the harvestable forest can supply about 42.8 million cubic meters per year, while the demand for wood products stands at 62.3 million cubic meters," he said.

It is estimated that 92 percent of the demand is mainly for energy, in terms of fuel wood.

According to the minister, Tanzania produces 1 million tons of charcoal of which half of it is consumed in major cities and towns like Dar es Salaam, Mwanza and Arusha.

UN Resident Coordinator in Tanzania Alvaro Rodgriguez implored the need for Tanzania to continue with forest conservation endeavors, saying the move would help protecting ozone layer.

Abbas Kitogo, an energy and climate change expert of UNDP- Tanzania, said the first phase of UN-REDD had completed whereby key stakeholders were trained on forest conservation and all issues related to REDD.

"The second phase of the project is on the drawing board," he said.

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