- More than half (54%) of Tanzanians consider pollution a serious problem in their communities (Figure 1).
- More than eight in 10 respondents (81%) say plastic bags are a major source of pollution in Tanzania (Figure 3).
- Citizens cite deforestation (33%), trash and plastic disposal (33%), pollution of water sources (13%), and human waste management (9%) as the most important environmental issues in their community (Figure 4).
- If environmental-protection policies threaten jobs and incomes, two-thirds (68%) of Tanzanians would still want the government to prioritise the environment rather than jobs (Figure 5).
- Tanzanians assign the primary responsibility for reducing pollution and keeping communities clean to ordinary citizens (46%) and their local and national governments (35% and 13%, respectively). Far fewer look to business and industry (4%) and traditional leaders (1%) (Figure 6).
Most Tanzanians see pollution as a serious problem in their communities, a new Afrobarometer survey shows.
Citizens rank trash disposal and deforestation as the most important environmental issues in their communities and consider plastic bags a major source of pollution in their country.
If environmental-protection policies threaten jobs and incomes, a majority of Tanzanians
would prioritise the environment. A majority also favour tighter regulation of natural resource extraction to reduce its impact on the environment.