The training on climate change for District Officers proposes 8 modules on climate change issues, from impacts to best solutions, explaining available tools and monitoring instruments across different sectors (water, agriculture, livestock, etc.), stimulating discussion and presenting case studies and best practices from the interested area. District officers are the key actors in climate change adaptation strategies and they are the link between the local communities and the central government. Their technical expertise and their experience contribute to the design of ad hoc management policies.
One of the Ecoboma results is to strengthen the institutional capacity of local authorities in preventing and mitigating the effects of climate change. Following an extensive need assessment, the training syllabus was designed to cover topics ranging from climate change impacts to best solutions, disseminating updated available tools and monitoring instruments across different sectors (water, agriculture, livestock, etc.), and stimulating the discussion by linking practical case studies and best practices to the local territory. The partnership with the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology, based in Arusha, has stimulated the discussion during the training, when the researchers administered specific modules and brought their expertise and latest research findings.
The training started on 20th February 2017 and intends to continue intermittently over the rest of the year involving 16 technicians from the Arusha and Meru District Councils.