Enhancing climate change resilience in Zanzibar

As a small island developing state (SIDS), Zanzibar is particularly vulnerable to climate change. A large proportion of the GDP, employment and livelihoods in the archipelago are reliant on climate sensitive activities such as agriculture, fishing and tourism. The coastal, marine and terrestrial ecosystems that are central to these activities are increasingly threatened by changes in temperature and precipitation patterns as well as sea level rise. Furthermore, the built environment, including residential, productive, water, energy and transport infrastructure, is also vulnerable to climate variability and future climate change.

Despite the significant progress achieved in addressing climate change impacts through strategic planning, institutional changes, and relevant ongoing activities, Zanzibar still faces crucial challenges in terms of building climate change resilience. Climate change interventions are still small-scale in nature, not well integrated and not fully strategic.

The archipelago requires additional interventions to adapt to the impacts of climate change, in the full sense of both reducing harm and seizing development opportunities. This project seeks to address specific strategic gaps in Zanzibar’s resilience to climate change.  The project aims to:

  • Strengthen institutional capacity of the Climate Change Secretariat (CCS) and other key stakeholders through in-depth training enhancing knowledge and capacity in climate change awareness, coordination, integration and mainstreaming.
  • Increase the availability and use of meteorological and spatial information. This is important in order to increase the integration of climate change adaptation into land use planning, with a focus on ecosystem-based adaptation.
  • Implement pilot activities on the ground on strategic yet usually overlooked sectors (i.e. tourism) and areas (i.e. urban). The aim of the pilot activities is to promote climate-compatible development, favouring ecosystem-based approaches that could integrate expertise on forestry, agriculture and fisheries.
  • Strengthen the capacity of the Government of  Zanzibar to mobilize and manage financial resources for climate change action. This will be done through the development of a resource mobilisation strategy and capacity building of relevant stakeholders with the aim of accessing international climate finance (e.g. GCF, GEF).

Abbas Kitogo
, Practice Specialist (Climate Change & Energy)

Find out more about the project by downloaing the project fact sheet. 



Project start date:

January 2012

Estimated end date:

December 2018

Focus area:

  • eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions
  • Project office:

    UNDP in United Republic of Tanzania

    Implementing partner:

    National Execution

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    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • United Nations Development Pro
  • Department For International Development (dfid)
  • Undp As Administrative Agent For A Joint Programme Pass Through Arrangement
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2018 $0

    2016 $262,921

    2015 $358,603

    2014 $195,924

    2013 $316,366

    2012 $303,973

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