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Zanzibar Youth Education Development Association (ZAYEDESA): Project: Environment Protection and Conservation (Awareness & Support)

May 19, 2011

Zanzibar is rich in coastal and marine resources, including coral reefs, mangrove and fertile land. However, pollution and commercial activities such as blast fishing with dynamite and mining coral reefs for lime threaten the fragile marine ecosystems.

ZAYEDESA conducts programmes in the community which aim at creating greater awareness of these problems and inspire action on the part of the Islands youth.

A) Malindi Fish Market
In 2002, ZAYEDESA with funding from the Government of Japan built a new fish market at Malindi, close to the main harbour of Zanzibar town. This followed the appalling state of the fish landing and selling are a close to the site of present market. The present facility which coasted Tshs. 37 million has running water, drainage systems and other essential requirements. It now accommodates 47 fishmongers.

B) Safe Water Supply
With the assistant of the United States of American Ambassadors’ Self-Help Program, safe water supply initiatives were taken in the villages of Ukongoroni, Charawe – South Unguja, Matuleni – South of Pemba and Kojani Island. Bore holes were dug and pipe lines installed to within easy reach of the homesteads. Previously the village women had to walk miles on dirt tracks caring buckets or barrels of water on their backs or on bicycles.

The project, in addition to supplying portable water, lessened the labour experienced and the time used to fetch water and allowed the village women more time to tend to their children and other important and productive chores.

C) Training for migrant fisherman
With funds from UNDP and in partnership with Chumbe Island Conservation Project (CHICOP), peer educators from ZAYEDESA conducted seminars with local fishermen from the coastal areas, who were educated on the dangers of destroying the coastal environment using dynamite fishing and unplanned harvesting of mangroves. They were also made aware of their vulnerability to HIV/AIDS and other STI’s because of the migrant notice of their occupation which keep them away from their families.

D) Healthy Environment
ZAYEDESA is fully supportive and at the forefront in mass educating and disseminating correct hygiene related information to the community. ZAYEDESA provides simple cleaning equipment and members and friends of ZAYEDESA participate with the community in sanitizing the environment, inspiring other citizens to do like wise and practice gasbags disposed at designated locations.


This piece is taken from the website of the Zanzibar Youth Education Development Association (ZAYEDESA).

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Zanzibar Youth Education Development Association (ZAYEDESA): About Our Organization

May 19, 2011

Zanzibar Youth Education Development Support Association (ZAYEDESA), a non- profit organization, was found in 1997 with the noble vision of tackling the socio-economic problems facing youth, such as, unemployment, school drop-out, drug abuse, HIV/AIDS and misuse of the environment. Its’ mission is to support the Government’s initiatives to make youth self-sufficient by being productive through self employment following skilled vocational training and using their natural environment resourcefully.

The Chairperson who is also the First Lady of Zanzibar, H.E. Madam Shadya A. Karume, along with other goodwill community members took the initiative of forming this organization with the main target group being youth, to make a positive contribution and change. The Chairperson believes that the youth are the nations first priority for the future of Zanzibar lies in their hands.

Our Mission:
One of the greatest challenges facing Zanzibar today is the creation of employment and work opportunities for youth and enhancing their skills, in addition to raising their awareness and educating them in matters of health and their environment.

Our Core Values:
1) Promote self-employment and entrepreneurship
2) Promote continuous education/vocational training
3) Combat health issues (HIV/AIDS, Drug Abuse, Mother and Child Care)
4) Promote awareness in environment protection and conservation

This piece is taken from the website of the Zanzibar Youth Education Development Association (ZAYEDESA).

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Islamic Fishing Laws – Tanzania

March 20, 2010

TANZANIA: Fishermen say no to dynamite – using Islamic environmental principles

In 2000 the Muslim fishing communities of Pemba and Misali islands in Tanzania pledged to conserve Misali Island. Behind this Sacred Gift – given by both the Government of Zanzibar (as land manager and owner of all land and sea in Zanzibar), and the Misali fishing community (as traditional owners, managers and users of the area) – was an extraordinary story.

Misali Island is one of the most important turtle nesting sites in the Zanzibar archipelago and home to some of the most magnificent coral slopes in the western Indian Ocean. In the 1990s it was under severe threat from dynamite-fishing.

For the 1,600 or so fishermen who were traditional owners of the area, dynamite fishing seemed a blessing. Suddenly, instead of having to waste time looking for fish sites, they just dropped some explosives and there was plenty to eat.

What they did not know (and did not think was their business) was the terrible destruction they were doing, not just to the fragile reef ecosystem but also to their own long-term survival. Dynamite takes out young fish along with the mature ones, while traditional fishing leaves the young to slip through the nets and breed later. The explosion also destroys the very environment within which the fish live. In the long run, nobody benefits.

The question became how to help the fishermen understand the problems they were causing, and then stop them. It was the kind of environmental problem that many governments around the world are trying to address.

At first, the government and environmental agencies launched an education program. But few fishermen paid attention to government leaflets. Then dynamite fishing was officially banned. Despite the threat of gunboats the communities refused to accept the ban.

Then a startlingly simple solution was developed. The fishing villages of the East African coast are mostly Muslim, organized under a religious leadership of sheiks who have enormous authority in the communities. The basis of these fishing families’ lives is Islam, with its Qur’an, Shariah laws, and the traditions and customs of the faith.

In 1998, in a joint venture with ARC, CARE International, WWF International and the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Science, the sheiks on Masali island came together to explore Islamic teachings about the appropriate use of God’s creation. From these studies the sheiks drew the conclusion that dynamite fishing was illegal according to Islam. They used Qur’anic texts such as “O children of Adam! … eat and drink: but waste not by excess for Allah loveth not the wasters” (Surah 7:31) or Sura 6:141: “…it is He [Allah] who produces gardens, both cultivated and wild…. Eat of their fruits when they bear fruit and pay their dues on the day of their harvest, and do not be profligate. He does not love the profligate.”

This Sacred Gift has already become a model for other Islamic fishing communities around the world.

This piece is taken from the website of the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC).

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