Second Annual Waterfront Clean-up in Dar es Salaam a complete success!

Joshua Garcia Arredondo just completed his internship in Dar es Salaam. His work focused on local initiatives and tourism. Nice work, Josh!

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On February 19th 2011 the second edition of Kivukoni’s waterfront clean-up exercise took place in the city of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Over 200 volunteers from all ages participated in cleaning the waterfront area in downtown Dar es Salaam that is constantly overwhelmed with waste. The clean-up exercise is part of a set of short-term objectives identified by the Tanzania Ports Authority as an integral part of the master plan for the revitalisation of the waterfront.

The participation of Sustainable Cities International in this event was key in engaging stakeholders in understanding the importance that a clean waterfront plays for tourism development in the city. With the cooperation of the Dar es Salaam Tourism Executive Board (DTEB) and the Dar es Salaam City Council (DCC) this event also raised awareness on the importance of open public spaces for the enjoyment of residents and visitors of Dar es Salaam.

This event enjoyed the immediate attention of the public and private sector as it was officially opened by the mayor of Dar es Salaam city and fully sponsored by Tanzanian Distilleries Ltd. It was an amazing experience to see the citizens of Dar involved in the embellishment of the area and seeing government official put on their gloves, boots, and literally get dirty!

The second clean-up exercise sets an important precedent in the further development of the waterfront. As a result of sitting together at a table, stakeholders created a steering committee created whose sole purpose is to oversee the development of the waterfront’s revitalisation plans.

Sustainable Cities International is extremely proud to become part of environmental initiatives that bring together the private and public sectors as well as the general public and to promote the development of tourism in Dar es Salaam.

 

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