On 13th of June UNA Tanzania launched the regional climate resilience pilot project at Mpwapwa urban water supply and sanitation authority office in Dodoma region, Tanzania. UNA Tanzania in partnership with LM International and IAS Kenya is implementing the climate resilience project in Mpwapwa District which aims to pilot a 7 pillar regional resilience model in Tanzania to strengthen the ability of communities to cope and regulate effects of climate change. The 7 pillars model focuses on engaging the communities to drive their own nature-based solutions which can help create sustainable living conditions in their villages. The 7 pillars are natural resources management and environmental sustainability; community health and water; governance and human rights-based approaches; economic empowerment; peace building, safety and security; infrastructure development as well as education empowerment.

The launch was attended by 35 key stakeholders from the district including representatives from the District Commissioner’s Office, District Executive Director’s office, District Police Office, religious leaders at the district level and community leaders from four villages of Ng’hambi ward namely; Ng’ambi, Kiyegea, Kazania and Mbugani. The launch was initiated by Hon George Fuime who is the Councillor of Mpwapwa and the chairperson of Mpwapwa District Council. During the inception, the stakeholders discussed the status of climate change impacts in Ng’hambi ward, challenges of implementation of climate change initiatives and overall priorities for climate change interventions which is crucial in achieving the set objectives of the project.

“Climate change is serious in our ward, we need not only resilience measures but also awareness creation on the issue. Hence, we welcome this pilot in our district with open arms” Guest of Honor Hon. George Fuime emphasized as he offers his salutation during the launch.

Hon. George Fuime offering his remarks during the launch

Hon. George Fuime

On the following 2 days, capacity building workshop for resilience based on needs was conducted at Ng’hambi village of Ng’ambi ward. The workshop was attended by 41 community members from the 4 villages of the ward including Ng’hambi Ward Chancellor, Ward Executive officers, Village Executive Officers, Village Chairpersons, Religious leaders, Ward Auxiliary Police, and villagers consisting of pastoralists, farmers. The workshop employed a participatory learning approach in order to assess the knowledge of Ng’hambi people on climate change and learn the best practices used on climate resilience. At the end of the workshop the community leaders and members not only enhanced their capacity on climate resilience but also created a community action plan to guide climate resilience initiatives in their villages.

Community leaders and members discussing the allocation of resources in their villages to create climate resilience community action plan in Ng’hambi ward.

Community leaders and members discussing the allocation of resources in their villages to create climate resilience community action plan in Ng’hambi ward.

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