DODOMA, TANZANIA, -- Tanzanian members of Parliament have unanimously ratified the country's accession to the Paris climate agreement, making Tanzania the 176th country which have endorsed the 2015 pact aiming to avoid the most devastating effects of climate change through cutting carbon emissions.

Minister of State in the Vice-President's Office (Union and Environment) January Makamba told MPs here Tuesday that the government had resolved to ratify the agreement which it signed in New York on April 22, 2016.

Considering that Tanzania is striving for an industrial economy, the Paris agreement will stimulate use of natural gas, adaptation of clean technology, human resources development and push for sustainable sources of energy that protect the environment, he said.

Information from the government indicate that the country has allocated more than 30 per cent of its land for the purpose. Since signing the agreement and other conventions, the country has received at least 300 million US dollars to support the Tanzania Meteorological Agency, training some 200 professionals on climate resilience, establishment of the Centre for Climate Change Studies at the University of Dar-es-Salaam and the implementation of the regional Lake Victoria project.

The Minister said Tanzania was already experiencing adverse impacts of climate change. Current climate variability and change and its resulting extreme weather events have already led to major economic costs in Tanzania.

The Paris agreement aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century at below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.