AF - Tanzania: Zanzibar's Strategy to Control Sea Erosion Show Success
THE famous Forodhani Park, a public beach most known by those who visit Zanzibar was being threatened by erosion caused by sea rise.
The park of the historical city of Stone Town was becoming a casualty of sea-level rise which is linked to global warming.
The park (also Forodhani Gardens or Jubilee Gardens), located along the main sea-walk, just in front of the most famous buildings of the House of Wonders and the Old Fort, has been widely used by residents and visitors including tourists as evening public place for leisure or relaxation.
It is the seafront area where, during the sunset, one can find local foods, drinks, and fruits to enjoy, and also see young people go for swimming. However, one thing that many people who visit the place never noticed was that the beach was gradually going under water. It was being submerged as a result of rising sea water.
The World Bank come in rescue after it supported construction of a wall in a project that helped to increase the resilience of the seawall along Malindi/Forodhani waterfront, to minimize increasing risks of damage to the Zanzibar historical town.
"We are happy our town and park is saved from erosion. We thank the government and donors," Mr Mohamed Juma, resident of the stone town said. The 340 metres length seawall project was among multiple projects supported by the World Bank under the 'Zanzibar Urban Services Project (ZUSP).
' ZUSP project main objective is to improve access to urban services in Zanzibar and conserve the physical cultural heritage.