Environment and Climate Change

Key Results at a Glance

The National Climate Change Strategy launched by the Vice President in April 2013, signalling extensive national consultations that have resulted in high level engagement and commitment in climate change governance.

National Strategy for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) completed with joint assistance of FAO, UNDP and UNEP. REDD+ integrated into sectoral policies, programmes and initiatives, in particular within the energy and agricultural sectors, to address the main drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in Tanzania. A 2012-2014 REDD+ communication strategy prepared to facilitate information sharing and knowledge generation. A wide range of awareness-raising materials developed to support implementation by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism (MNRT), augmented by specific orientations to 400 foresters in government extension services and 30 journalists. Depth and range of coverage of climate change and REDD+ issues thereby increased through radio spots, feature articles and policy briefs.

Toolkits and guidelines to support mainstreaming of CCA in sector planning and investment instruments developed. CCA has already been incorporated into three districts’ MTEFS and strategic plans.

Four climate change resilience initiatives addressing risks, vulnerability and impacts successfully piloted in coastal, semi-arid and semi-humid zones. Lessons learned integrated into national and sectoral-level strategies.

250,000 hectares in the main agro-ecological zones of Kilimanjaro and Tabora mountains run according to Sustainable Land Management principles. Lessons learned integrated into the National Action Plan to scale up SLM principles across the country.

National guidelines and recommendations on Education for Sustainable Consumption developed to support mechanisms for mainstreaming at the national and local levels. Set of training guidelines produced and piloted by the MoEVT in two Educational zones (Central zone and Southern highlands).

The Tanzania Environmental Web portal launched during the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment in September 2012. The portal facilitates awareness-creation, information sharing, communication and harmonization towards supporting the green growth agenda in Tanzania. It provides up-to-date information and access to relevant resources that are expected to inspire, promote and mobilize partners for environmental action and innovation in the country.

The Food for Assets partnership enabled major restoration and rebuilding of 232 kms of rural feeder roads, 629 kilometres of small irrigation canals and 45 charco dams, positively impacting on 52 villages across 12 districts.

Full land use cover and woodland in Tanzania mapped for the first time since 1995. Key Findings from the National Forest Monitoring and Assessment of Tanzania (NAFORMA) released in May 2013 enable analysis of the condition and use of the forests, in support of sustainable forest management.

Deforestation and degradation in four districts reduced with the adoption of conservation agriculture by 240 farmers.

Clean, sustainable power brought to 200 households by women solar engineers in Lindi and Mtwara regions, with the joint support of UNWOMEN and UNIDO. Additional benefits include the women’s exercise of leadership in the village energy committees.

Low carbon and resource efficient development path at the sub-national level advanced. Three renewable energy–based business centres established or upgraded in Zanzibar, Lushoto and Mtwara, using a mix of technologies including solar, biogas and gasification.  

Through collaboration of UNDP and UNIDO, two Renewable Energy Centres successfully upgraded to incorporate a micro hydropower scheme. 10KW of electricity supplied to 80 households to power lighting and appliances.

A nationwide assessment on E-waste supported resulting in key recommendations to mitigate against waste. Agreement to establish a Dismantling Centre secured; UN to support operationalisation. 

Degraded ecosystems rehabilitated in the Kagera region. Access to reliable and clean water restored; evident by return of wildlife.

Environment related laws and regulations reviewed and mapped to strengthen the protection of ecosystems and management of natural resources. Additional support provided for enforcement and, where relevant, development of new by-laws, through training and provision of manuals in Iringa, Arusha and Kongwa.

National Man and Biosphere Committee capacitated to nominate protected areas to UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserve, with strengthened participatory processes to include cultural and gender dynamics for improved CCA outcomes.

Dedicated Coastal Forest section established by Central Government Forestry Agency enabling effective, sustainable district oversight of Coastal Forests and co-management of Forest Reserves.