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Tanzania: Sh200 million needed to fight invasive species

The Tanzanian government claims to need at least Sh200 million (€75,000) to facilitate teams tasked with combating invasive species in the country. Invasive species (organisms that are not native to a specific location, being an introduced species) have a tendency to spread to a degree believed to cause damage to the environment, human economy or health.

So far at least Sh120 million has been collected for the purpose, according to minister of State in the Vice President's Office, Union Matters and Environment, Mr January Makamba.

Makamba has said that Sh60 million out of the collected funds was contributed by conservation non-governmental organisation, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the remaining funds were allocated by the government.

According to, Makamba made the remarks a few days after the government inaugurated the National Task Force to prepare national a strategic plan, among others, to combat invasive species in the country.

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