UNDP disburses 1.3bn/- for climate change adaptation projectsMay 18, 2017
By Prosper Makene
THE United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) recently disbursed 1.3bn/- to six NGOs to help vulnerable local communities to mitigate the effects climate change through solar power solutions and new land use and water use technologies. The supported projects will improve livelihood situation of at least 15,000 people through water access, food security and income generation. The funds for these micro-projects projects were disbursed under the project entitled, “Climate Change Adaptation support through Small Grants Programme”, is implemented in partnership with the Vice-President’s Office, Division of Environment.
The project aims at supporting the implementation of early adaptation actions for local communities that are adversely affected by the climate change impacts in selected areas in Tanzania. UNDP Acting Country Director, Mr. Yahya Ba, said that the project also focuses on demonstrating successful community based adaptation initiatives for people living in marginalized areas. Mr. Ba pointed out that the basic idea is to improve people’s livelihoods through reducing vulnerabilities and increasing climate change resilience.
“The project will be achieved by equipping the communities with knowledge and technologies (such as renewable energies), which are appropriate for combating impacts of climate change on agricultural productivity, food security and water availability,” he said. He added: “The project will contribute to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Tanzania’s Vision 2025 and other national goals and priorities.”
Mr Ba further said that UNDP Tanzania, through its downstream interventions, aims to connect the dots of development through livelihood enhancement.
“Bringing energy or water alone cannot guarantee sustainability nor impact. Bringing energy and water together can, and can lead to wider benefits through improved agricultural activities, thereby improving livelihoods – which all contribute to the development of the nation,” Ba said.
On his part, UNDP Programme Specialist (Energy Climate Change and Extractive), Mr. Abbas Kitogo said that through various initiatives UNDP has supported 28 grants from 2015 to date, with grants totaling almost 6bn/-.
“We are currently supporting 6 NGOs, from 5 regions in the countries such as Dodoma, Singida, Manyara, Kilimanjaro and Lindi with 1.3bn/- on place to help them in livelihood improvement,” he said. Mr. Kitogo named one of the projects as ‘Up-scaling the solar power project for increased agricultural productivity and livelihood improvement’ implemented in Singida, saying that a solar powered irrigation system was successfully installed.
“We have launched irrigation farming, and 20 percent of households in the village were able to improve food security” he said.
Kitogo also said that the project in Mbagho Sub-village, Ulyampiti, Singida has increased access to water for 50 percent of people in the village, and local level capacity building initiatives increased community understanding on the linkage between climate change and poverty.
Kitogo named another project as “Up-scaling adaptation to Climate Change through improvement of livestock management practices and managing human wildlife conflict to reduce depredation in Longido District”, saying the project is under Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI).
“This project managed to build capacity of local communities to adapt to Climate Change impacts. This was achieved through reducing vulnerability of local communities to climate change by improving livestock management practices through construction of new Bomas that reduce the cutting of trees for Boma construction and prevent livestock depredation by large carnivores,” he said.
He noted: “A total of 31 Bomas were constructed with the capacity of holding 200 livestock per Boma. This provided protection to 6,200 livestock and benefited 930 people in 31 households.”
Our expectations from this project is to see reduction of deforestation because Commiphora trees that are used in Boma construction regenerates; making the Bomas, permanent structures, we also expect to see 100 new Bomas to protect up to 20,000 livestock as well as improved local community livelihoods by reducing loss of livestock from depredation by large carnivores, he observed.