Launch of the National Climate Change Strategy for Zanzibar on the World's Environment Day, 5th June 2014

16 Jun 2014

Under the UNDP support through its programme to support climate change governance in Zanzibar “Climate Change Governance in Zanzibar Project” the National Climate Change Strategy for Zanzibar was successfully launched on the World's Environment Day, the 5th June, 2014.

The Strategy, which was developed through a lengthily and thorough consultative process highlights key priority areas for climate change adaptation and mitigation interventions based on the impacts already faced and threats posed by the climate change in Zanzibar archipelago. The colourful launching of the Strategy was well attended by key government officials including; the two Vice Presidents, line Ministers, and permanent secretaries of all ministries who were as well given the copy of Strategy.

In his opening remarks, which were read by the first vice president Honorable Seif Sharif Hamad, the president of Zanzibar, H.E. Dr. Ali Mohammed Shein thanked UNDP for its support in developing this important document and also asked UNDP and other development partners to continue to support the Government of Zanzibar in addressing the climate change challenges especially focusing on the priorities identified in the Strategy. The President further ordered all ministries to integrate climate change issues in the future plans and strategies, the move that will enhance government’s efforts in dealing with climate change problems.

The United Republic of Tanzania has two Climate Change Strategy documents – this and another one specifically for the Tanzania mainland, which was launched in March 2013 with the support from UNDP in collaboration with other partners. The mainland’s Strategy was developed under the project called “Mainstreaming Environment and Climate Change in the Development Policies and Plans” implemented closely with the Ministry of Finance, Vice President’s Office-Department of Environment, and National Environment Management Council.