Climate change mitigation project to benefit 15 districts

30Apr 2017
Aisia Rweyemamu
Guardian On Sunday
Climate change mitigation project to benefit 15 districts

AT least fifteen districts in the country are expected to benefit from the Decentralized Climate Finance Project (DCFP), a five-year project aimed at facilitating investments in improving responses to climate change.

This was revealed recently in Dodoma at a two-day training for journalists on DCFP reporting where the journalists were familiarized with the concept of climate change and decentralized climate funds mechanism.

Organized by the President’s Office Regional and Local Government (PO-RALG) and the Tanzania Natural Resources Forum (TNRF), the training brought together eighteen journalists, bloggers, communication officers from the Government Communication Unit (GCU), Information Technology (IT) officers from PORALG in Monduli district and the Institute of Rural Development Planning.

DCFP coordinator Sanford Kway said the project will establish decentralized, district climate finance and planning mechanisms in 15 district councils in mainland Tanzania and three districts in Zanzibar to finance community priorities investment in public goods that build climate resilience.

The fifteen district in the mainland are Bahi, Iramba, Kilwa, Kiteto, Kondoa, Longido, Manyoni , Mbulu, Mpwapwa, Monduli, Ngorongoro, Pangani, Same, Siha and Simanjiro and Micheweni, North and South Unguja in Zanzibar.

He said the project will ensure that investments that build climate resilience are effectively and efficiently implemented and managed by the district and that their performance transparently assessed as part of the grant mechanism.

In the five years of the project the populations of 15 districts will be better supported to manage the impact of climate change.

Through decentralization, local authorities have powers to plan and budget for local development priorities, incorporating local perspectives for effective development.

Presenting a paper titled ‘Journalism/media and Climate Change: Why and what matters,’ a don from the University of Dar es Salaam, Paul Dotto Kuhenga, said climate change media coverage matters because climate change is an unending scenario that gets worse before it gets better.

“In order for African nations and their people to seize the opportunities and reduce the risks of climate change, there is a need for everyone to know more about climate change,” he said.
Kuhenga explained that the way the media covers it will affect how well societies deal with the problem.

The don said as climate change takes hold, people will demand information about what is happening and what they and their governments can do about it, adding that the media provided a vital link between science and service providers upon which much depends.

Speaking at the training, TNRF Communication and Media Coordinator Sophia Masuka called upon journalists to participate fully in climate change competition being organized by the Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) to stand a chance of being awarded with DCF projects.

The project is funded by UKAID with technical support from the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).