Launching of the National Greenhouse Gases Inventory, Monitoring, Reporting and Verification System

The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania through its National Carbon Monitoring Centre (NCMC) has launched the National Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) inventory system. The event was done at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) where NCMC is hosted. The event brought together delegates from Vice President’s Office (VPO), Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Zanzibar, UNDP, SUA and journalists.

On the seats from left: Dr Ezekiel Mwakalukwa (Director of Forestry and Beekeeping – Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism), Prof William Mwegoha (Director of Environment – VPO), Ambassador, Joseph Sokoine (Deputy Permanent Secretary – VPO), UNDP Deputy Resident Representative and Prof John Kessy (Principal College of Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism).

In his opening speech the guest of honor, Ambassador Joseph Sokoine, expressed the importance of lowering GHGs emission levels of in order to protect the environment. He said, Tanzania is a member of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and hence has to adhere to agreements required for the reduction of GHGs.

He also commended UNDP on its efforts to make sure that the GHGs Inventory system is in place. The ambassador also directed the NCMC management team to coordinate and communicate all issues regarding GHGs in the country. He added that the system has come on the right time to store and communicate all information regarding GHGs to the Government and UNFCCC secretariat.

Ambassador Joseph Sokoine cutting the ribbon to symbolize the launching of the GHG Inventory System for Tanzania.

The Director of Forestry and Beekeeping Division of  the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism Dr. Ezekiel Mwakalukwa, said the Ministry contributed significantly to the GHG Inventory through the National Forest Resources Monitoring and Assessment (NAFORMA) programme which provided the required data on Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) sector. He pledged that the Ministry will continue to work with NCMC through the newly established GHG Inventory system.

From Left: Dr Ezekiel Mwakalukwa (Director of Forestry and Beekeeping Division),Prof Mwegoha(Director for Environment) and Ambassador Joseph Sokoine

Prof Eliakim Zahabu, who is the Director of NCMC, apart from thanking the guest of honor, he demonstrated the GHGs inventory system to the invited delegates. He showed various parts of the system such as the discussion forums, library, securities levels and other parts. When asked about the cost of the system development, he said UNDP provided support amounting to Tanzania Shillings two hundred millions (Tsh 200,000,000) for this purpose.  Prof Zahabu also promised to work seriously on the directives provided by the ambassador.

The guest of Honor trying to go through various parts of the  Launched GHG Inventory System

Delegates discussing issues After the Launcing of GHG Inventory System.