The Koran is not widely known as a source of guidance on environmental and
conservation issues, but that has not stopped one development organisation
in Tanzania from using it to help conserve an island marine park.

Religious leaders have been asked to promote conservation messages using
the texts of the Koran – an approach which has proved a great deal more
successful than government regulations”¦

Salum Haji has fished these waters for as long as he can remember.

“There have been a lot of bad things happening here,” he says.

“People have used dynamite and guns to fish here. This has destroyed the

“I am happy that now we have learnt that the Koran tells us to protect
everything in this world, including the environment.

“I am more dedicated to protecting the environment now and a more committed
Muslim as well”¦


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