Tanzanian pastoralists & government plan climate-resilient growth

Planning for climate-resilient growth is increasingly important for the Tanzanian economy, dependent on natural resources. Central government does not have the knowledge, reach, skills or resources needed to plan for the range of livelihoods within Tanzania; but local governments, if granted the authority and resources, could plan with communities in the flexible, timely and appropriate manner that climate variability demands. Research conducted in three pastoral and agropastoral districts in northern Tanzania identified the constraints faced within formal and customary planning processes. The roles of communities and local governments urgently need to be rethought, bringing their skills together to achieve greater climate resilience.

The report “Community & government planning together for climate-resilient growth: issues and opportunities from Longido, Monduli and Ngorongoro Districts, northern Tanzania” (2014; 32pp) came out of a study commissioned by the Tanzania Natural Resource Forum (TNRF) in a one-year project (2011-12) to build the capacity of local actors in these districts to design the testing of approaches and mechanisms for mainstreaming climate-change adaptation into their development planning. The first phase of the longer-term action-research programme “Promoting adaptation and climate-resilient growth through devolved district climate finance” started in June 2013 with DFID funding.

Posted on 15 October 2014 in Pastoralism & Natural Resources