Executive Director for Forum CC, Rebecca Muna made the remarks in Dar es Salaam yesterday during the one-day stakeholder’s session on the 25th conference of the Paris United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and meetings of the UNFCCC subsidiary bodies to be convened in Santiago, Chile. The meeting is popularly known as COP25.
FORUM CC organised the session to prepare Tanzanian Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to contribute and influence negotiations at all relevant levels and come up with one COP25 position from Tanzania CSOs with one voice and message.
She underscored the need for preparation of a workable modality for industries that will help to keep the environment safe while at the same time making sure the economy grows for the benefit of all.
Muna said since the country does not have enough budgets for climate change mitigation; it has to control the number of industries to protect the environment.
Executive Director, Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG) Charles Meshack said to reduce the impact of climate change, water bodies must be conserved properly to support the development of Rufiji hydro power project and others in the county.
He added that application of natural gas as a source of energy should be encouraged to reduce the use of charcoal and firewood that increases carbon gases.
Meshack insisted on investment of funds to conserve forest resources to protect ecological system that helps reduce greenhouse gases.
Manager from the National Environmental Management Council (NEMC) in the Eastern Zone, Eng Benjamin Mchwampaka said Tanzania is implementing a number of initiatives seeking to reduce emission of greenhouse gases, including the use of renewable energy for domestic use.
He said the government is seeking funds to implement several projects for climate change mitigation. He said NEMC has acquired $ 5 million climate change adaptation funds and has welcomed several institutions to come up with workable ideas for implementing projects on the area.
Forum CC in partnership with Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) is implementing a project titled ‘Deepening Civil Society Engagement in International Post-Paris Climate Change Dialogue and Response’ funded by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).
The project aims to enable civil society to catalyse change and ensure bottom-up, pro-poor and people-centered narratives form the basis for implementation of the provisions of the Paris Agreement, and more importantly the NDCs.
The Forum CC is also implementing other project titled ‘Green and Inclusive Energy funded by Hivos’ to enhance the government accountability on climate finance for decentralized renewable energy.