A vital training course supporting local communities and authorities to adapt to Climate Change was held on November, 16th, at Nelson Mandela Campus in Arusha. District and municipal officers from Arumeru District and Arusha Municipality received certificates of completion. The training was designed and delivered by Oikos and the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) under the project ECO-BOMA, financed by the European Union through the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) programme in Tanzania. The five GCCA Tanzania projects were also invited to present their successful case studies to 50 participants, including governmental officers as well as students and professors from NM-AIST, and their respective interventions in the country.
The course was aimed at improving participants’ knowledge and understanding on main Climate Change concepts and tools, what are the risks, how to cope and adapt and how to mitigate the effects. The participants benefitted from lessons, examples and case studies, practical exercises, discussions and a field visit to the projects areas.
Mr. Giorgio Colombo, ECO-BOMA Project Manager, said “Climate Change is a challenging issue nowadays and enhancing knowledge is fundamental to adopt necessary measures. Education is the basis for sustainability”.
During the last training day, the participants gained knowledge on the project tested adaptation and mitigation measures in different areas of the nation. The participation of the representatives from the 5 GCCA projects gave the participants the opportunity to enhance their knowledge on Climate Change interventions across the country and stimulated the discussion.
Governmental officers appreciated the opportunity to exchange their knowledge and field experience with updated information and learn about innovative solutions tested in Sub Saharan Africa. “The training gave use the opportunity to have a better understanding on Climate Change impacts and adaptation and mitigation solutions and we appreciated the inclusion of practical activities and how to use instruments and tools. This can help us to increase the quality and effectiveness of our work”, said Esther E. Meiludie and Joe Hiza, Arusha and Meru DCs livestock officers respectively and focal persons for the projects.
After a first phase of GCCA Tanzania programme launched in 2010 to support Tanzania’s Government to increase capacity of vulnerable communities to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change and contribute to poverty reduction in rural areas. The European Union financed a second phase which started in mid-2015. Three community-based projects were initiated and two received additional funding from the phase I. The integrated “ecovillage” approach intends to enhance environmental sustainability and food security by strengthening natural resources management at local level and contribute to gender equality and good governance. The projects have been implemented in Arusha, Tabora, Dodoma, Tanga Regions and Pemba Island.