Supporting Tanzanian pastoralists facing climate change
In Tanzania, Irish Aid set up a Learning Platform (LP) on climate change, which seeks to generate evidence from case studies on effective ways of mainstreaming climate-risk management into development planning. One of the case studies commissioned by the LP was on three projects involving pastoralists, implemented by TNRF (Tanzania Natural Resources Forum), CARE, Oxfam and IIED (International Institute for Environment and Development). The study identified positive impacts of these projects on local adaptive capacity. The information brief “Case study on approaches for supporting pastoralist groups facing climate change effects in Tanzania” (2016, 4pp) summarises the findings. The most transformative aspect was reportedly through the changing role of women. It was recommended to identify and assess independent community adaptations, to seek a balance between customary and formal land-use planning with land titling, and to facilitate training of district staff to challenge misperceptions about pastoralism.