PEOPLE living near coastal areas have been urged to consider appropriate and sustainable use of marine resources for long term benefits.
This advice was made over the weekend by Zanzibar Chief Justice Omar Othman Makungu, insisting that it was important for people who are using the sea as a source of income to be vigilant in conserving marine resources.
“Since you need to continue benefiting from the marine resources including fish catch for your living, and also you have to support the government’s blue economy policy, you only need to conserve the marine,” Makungu noted.
He made the call at the opening of the ‘Ramadhan Holy month public symposium on the blue economy’ held at Mahonda area, Unguja North, where he said that some communities and people were still carrying out destructive activities without considering the importance of marine resources to them.
Mr Makungu commended ‘Zanzibar Relief And Development Foundation (ZARDEFO)’ for the timely symposium that shows support to the government efforts in promoting a blue economy that would create many economic opportunities. The Regional Commissioner (RC) for Unguja North region, Mr Ayoub Mohammed Mahmoud, said the symposium aimed at giving people opportunity to understand and discuss blue economy and how they can contribute.
“We need everyone to get involved in the blue economy and learn how best she/he can contribute to realization,” the RC said.
Unguja North is the leading region with tourists’ hotels, fishing activities, and water sports. ZARDEFO SecretaryMr Ali Mohammed Haji said his office had organized the symposium to help people understand the link between religion and marine resources at this time when the focus is on the blue economy.
“The ‘Blue Economy’ is an emerging concept which encourages better stewardship of our ocean or ‘blue’ resources. It supports all of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG14 ‘life below water’, and recognises that this will require ambitious, co-ordinated actions to sustainably manage, protect and preserve our ocean now, for the sake of present and future generations,” he concluded.