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A critical review of policies and legislation protecting Tanzanian wetlands

Show simple item record Materu, Silvia Francis Urban, Brigitte Heise, Susanne 2022-06-15T12:18:01Z 2022-06-15T12:18:01Z 2018
dc.identifier.citation Silvia Francis Materu, Brigitte Urban & Susanne Heise (2018) A critical review of policies and legislation protecting Tanzanian wetlands, Ecosystem Health and Sustainability, 4:12, 310-320, DOI: 10.1080/20964129.2018.1549510 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2096-4129
dc.description Journal article en_US
dc.description.abstract Introduction: The benefit of wetlands for reducing poverty depends on the effectiveness of governance systems that influence peoples’ behaviour in the wise use of wetlands. Objectives: This article critically analyses the current poverty reduction strategies, agrarian policies and economic investments governing wetland usage, especially in Tanzania, with regard to their impact on sustainable Ramsar wetlands management. Methodology: It analyses the management structure, domestic policies and legal framework relating to the protection of wetlands in Tanzania in accordance to the wise use concept of the Ramsar Convention. Outcomes: Tanzanian legal provisions for wetland protection are uncoordinated and too limited in their coverage and scope to sufficiently address the destruction of wetland ecosystems. There is no comprehensive national legal framework to guide sustainable management of Ramsar wetlands in Tanzania as laid out by the Ramsar Convention, which the country ratified in the year 2000. Conclusion: Without a sound legislative and policy-making framework, Tanzanian wetlands and their diverse ecosystem services will continue to degenerate with current strategies of increasing agribusiness and other developmental projects or economic investments. This paper provides critical baseline information to inform decision makers to develop appropriate policy and laws, which promote the wise use of wetlands in Tanzania. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group on behalf of the Ecological Society of China. en_US
dc.subject Economic investments en_US
dc.subject Poverty reduction en_US
dc.subject Wetland ecosystems en_US
dc.subject Ramsar Sites en_US
dc.subject Legal frameworks en_US
dc.subject Sustainability en_US
dc.title A critical review of policies and legislation protecting Tanzanian wetlands en_US
dc.type Article en_US
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