Tanzanian authorities on Thursday announced measures aimed at the protection and preservation of a river reported to be on the brink of extinction caused by environmental degradation.
Odemba Cornel, Lake Tanganyika Basin water officer, said the government has set aside 420 million Tanzanian shillings (about 0.18 million U.S. dollars) for the preservation of Nikonga River that flows from Katoro in Geita region to Lake Tanganyika, one of the oldest freshwater lakes in the world.
The river has been degraded by human activities, including agriculture, mining and livestock keeping, Cornel told Geita district water stakeholders’ meeting that discussed ways and means to save the river from further degradation.
He said the government has started taking preservation and protective measures to save the river, including its demarcation. Enditem