GCCA in Tanzania: Integrated approaches for climate change adaptation

GCCA in Tanzania: Integrated approaches for climate change adaptation

At a glance

Active programmes
Tanzania, United Republic Of
Min. of Finance, Division of Environment of the Vice-President's Office
Countries involved
Total budget
8,00 M€
GCCA priority area(s)
Effects of climate change on the region

Tanzania's economy is very dependent on sectors affected by climate variability and change, notably agriculture. Current climate variability already results in significant economic damage. It estimated that climate change will lead to large future additional economic costs, possibly amounting to 1-2% of GDP per year by 2030.

The government has developed a national climate change strategy addressing both adaptation and mitigation. Strengthening capacities to cope with climate change impacts remains a priority, particularly in highly vulnerable sectors such as agriculture. While a comprehensive and coordinated response to climate change challenges is in the making, it is important to address specific adaptation needs at the local level, through the implementation of diversified and climate-resilient rural development strategies. This can yield useful results both in terms of climate change adaptation and transfer of capacity to local government authorities.

GCCA's action programme
Geographical scope
Country groups
Initial GCCA/GCCA+ contribution
8,000,000.00 €
Specific objectives

Enhance environmental sustainability and food security by strengthening the management of natural resources at the local level. In so doing, the project will seek to contribute to gender equality and good governance by actively promoting transparency and accountability.

Main activities per result

The piloted integrated eco-village approach is extended and implemented in the most climate change vulnerable agro-ecological zones of Tanzania.

Following the implementation of three pilot eco-village projects under the first GCCA programme in Tanzania, more eco-village projects will be selected for support on the basis of a call for proposals (now closed). Indicatively, these projects may include activities such as the demonstration, promotion and scaling up of integrated water management and conservation measures; the design and construction of water harvesting and storage structures; participatory forest management; the establishment of tree nurseries; afforestation and reforestation of community and household woodlots; the demonstration, promotion and scaling up of improved agriculture techniques such as micro-irrigation, land management and soil conservation measures; the introduction of improved drought tolerant crop species and varieties and improved livestock species; fish farming; the demonstration, promotion and scaling up of energy solutions based on renewable sources; the promotion of environment-friendly, low-impact building techniques and materials; etc.

Institutional capability to assess, plan and implement climate change strategies is enhanced in selected ward, division and district levels of local government.

The selected projects will involve local authorities up to the district level and will include activities aimed at improving the institutional capacity to identify, coordinate, plan and implement strategies for climate change adaptation at the ward, division and district levels, as well as activities to promote efficient, integrated and sustainable natural resource use in the framework of participatory land use plans and sector plans at the village and district levels. Awareness raising and learning events focused on the design and implementation of effective adaptation measures will be organised for policy makers at all levels of government.

Knowledge management is improved to facilitate the exchange of experience and lessons learned under the eco-village approach and the communication of results to key stakeholders, policy makers and the public at large.

In all selected projects, baseline assessments building on vulnerability assessments will be undertaken to facilitate the measurement of progress in achieving expected results and objectives. Throughout project implementation, data will be systematically collected, analysed and disseminated to support knowledge building and sharing on innovative adaptation practices and other experience gained under the eco-village projects. Information will be shared using a variety of means and networks, reaching out to policy makers, other key stakeholders and the public at large. Activities may also extend to environmental education in schools and other forms of awareness raising.