The government says strengthening institutional capacity for disaster preparedness and response is critical in light of the natural emergencies the region and the country has suffered, particularly this year.

The Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, Cde Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri, who was addressing staffers at the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) strategic meeting, underscored the need for more efforts to be put in place in the strengthening of multi-sectoral national platforms for coordinated action on disaster risk reduction.

EMA Board Chairperson, Ambassador Zenzo Nsimbi said problems such as allocating stands in wetlands, non-collection of refuse and illegal discharge of untreated effluent such as raw sewage into the environment continue to hog the limelight.

EMA is a statutory body responsible for ensuring the sustainable management of natural resources and protection of the environment, among other tasks.