As the coordinator of JEMA-UDSM, I would like to take this very opportunity to introduce our organization to you all as environmental stakeholders and environmental watchdogs. JEMA has....................
What is JEMA?
JEMA stands for Joint Environmental and development Management Action. It is a voluntary, non-profit making, action based, scientific and educational programme founded in October 1996 by University students. It consists of multidisciplinary team who voluntary contribute their skills, knowledge and experience in environmental management for sustainable development.
The world where environmental problems such as deforestation, overgrazing, loss of bio-diversity, soil erosion, air and water pollution and escalating poverty are minimum. The members do believe that if action based approaches are devised by utilizing the expertise from institutions of Higher Education, and working together with local communities, the plight of these problems will be minimized.
To provide a framework for promoting participatory community based actions in environment and natural resources management for sustainable development, through multidisciplinary, collaborative, action-based approaches.
“Youth are trustees for posterity of the natural contents of our World”
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful youth, committed citizens, can change the World. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”
“In the end we conserve what we love, we love what we understand and we understand what we are taught” "it all begin with the youth and it will continue with the youth, you are the catalysts, and you are the engine of changes, let us try to do more with less"
ACHIEVEMENT, PROGRAMME LEADERSHIP, FUNDING
JEMA has received 1st prize the Coastal Environment Award Scheme for 2002, 2004 and 2005. This scheme is part of the Tanzania Coastal Management Partnership and sponsored by Green COM, Coastal Resources Centre and USAID.
JEMA is an independent organization registered under the laws of the United Republic of Tanzania and affiliated with the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) in terms of its patronage and it’s Advisory Board.
The majority of activities and income generating activities are undertaken on a voluntary basis. Some funds are solicited from private companies, grants, sponsorships, partner organizations’ contributions and member’s fees.
ON LINE INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME
· JEMA is a partner organization in Tanzania of the Eastern and Southern Africa Environmental Learning programme for schools and communities.
· JEMA is organizing "Summer Work Camps" for University students and graduates, on wildlife and biodiversity management for poverty alleviation with great participation in the surrounding communities.
COMMUNITY BASED NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND CONSERVATION
· JEMA has undertaken school-community conservation education as part of voluntary outreach services in communities surrounding Kilimanjaro National Park (Marangu-Moshi rural) in collaboration with Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA) and local communities.
· Undertaken biodiversity conservation study on the sources of fire outbreak on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro in collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism (MNRT).
· Marking World Environment Day (5th June) with Environmental NGOs in the Coastal Award Scheme Programme.
· Initiating the JEMA-UDSM Environment Week held annually on campus.
JEMA’s campaign against littering has resulted in a recycling programme at the University of Dar es Salaam. Before this initiative, the discarded plastic bottles were removed and burnt off site resulting in further pollution. These bottles are now being recycled.
JEMA-UDSM CONDUCTING OUTREACH PROGRAMS
JEMA-UDSM has been doing some outreach programs in primary schools. So far Jema has managed to conduct environmental Education though its City Greening Campaign in 12 Primary schools at Kinondoni District, 50 Primary school at Temeke Districts and 31 Primary Schools in Ilala district from 2005-2008.
HELPING THE ENVIRONMENT
JEMA’s established tree Nursery on campus is producing both fruit and decorative trees grown from seed. It has raised over 4000 tree seedlings and decorative trees annually and the numbers are increasing. The fruit tree saplings are later transferred to nearby Primary Schools as part of the JEMA and Seeds for Africa initiative Trees for Schools Project in the Dar es Salaam area. Each child is responsible for their tree which will not only enhance their diet but provide food and shading for the local community.The JEMA Nursery has also been responsible for the University of Dar es Salaam Campus Greening Project protecting the environment and providing fruits and preventing soil erosion. More than 36,000 trees have been planted and the figure is continually increasing.
THE OBJECTIVES OF JEMA-UDSM
· Raise public awareness on environment and sustainable development through action based approaches.
· Initiate partnerships for voluntary community out-reach services in environmental conservation and management so as to bridge the knowledge gap between the University and local communities.
· Establish and promote dialogue and collaborative action amongst the beneficiaries, researchers, planning and policy committees, NGOs and sponsors in problem identification, implementation and evaluation, and environmental conservation for sustainable development.
· Devise strategies that encourage equality between both men and women to work as equal partners in the development process and power of discussion.
· Networking with students and scientists from Universities, Colleges, Institutes and NGOs locally and internationally to create a worldwide collaboration to address environmental and development issues.
· Research and disseminating information by publishing simple language texts to enhance common understanding among local communities, researchers, NGO’s, donors and the government in the development process