Director General, Mr Sheha Mjaja Juma, was recently interviewed by www.xinhua.net about a campaign aimed at protecting and replanting mangrove forests. He was quoted in saying that :
“Our aim is to save mangrove forests from extinction as the rate at which mangroves are being cut is worrying. In fact, the rate of replacement does not match with what we are losing.”
He went on to explain.
“It helps stabilize the coastline and prevents erosion from waves and storms. In areas where mangroves have been cleared, coastal damage from hurricanes and typhoons is much more severe.”