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Tanzanian civil society organisations have begun planning the next stages in advocating for climate change action. Taking a focus on low carbon development, the workshop aimed to initiate a dialogue between potential partners and to plan the next steps.

On 22-23 January 2014 kick-off workshop on Low Carbon Development was held in Dar es Salaam- Tanzania. This workshop was attended by 85 participants local and international with different experiences and expertise. The workshop envisaged:-
  1. To take stock and discuss the potential opportunities and challenges of implementation of existing strategies concerning sustainable development, green growth and poverty reduction in Tanzania among different stakeholders.
  2. To discuss how to link and integrate these strategies with the goals of poverty reduction and socially just growth.
  3. To exchange experiences with international and regional experts on Low Carbon Development (LDC).
  4. To design and agree upon the follow-up activities after the kick-off workshop for the course of the project .
In the course of the workshop, the following findings were made:
  • Even though Tanzania has a very small carbon footprint, the country needs to build a low carbon economy. The first reason is that, given future projected GHG emissions, it is important to change course now. The second reason is that building a low carbon economy has the potential to positively influence economy and labor markets and thus promote sustainable development.
  • However, as Tanzania still ranks 152 out of 186 countries in the UN-Human Development Index (2014), any initiative towards low carbon or sustainable development has to pursue a clear pro-poor approach.
  • There are already many initiatives on sustainable or low carbon development. Some of them are labeled as low carbon, low emission, or green growth approaches; others focus on sub aspects of sustainable development such as energy development, climate protection policies or poverty reduction.
  • Furthermore, there are a number of problems which inhibit positive effects of these policies:
    • There's inadequate funding and inadequate technologies at both local and national levels;
    • There's inadequate awareness of climate change issues which makes it difficult to find broad acceptance and ownership for LCD measures among the broad population;
    • There's inadequate coordination among key actors/stakeholders implementing LCD measures.
As a consequence of the workshop findings, we agreed to map existing LCD initiatives, measures and stakeholders to see
  • What is missing among existing initiatives;
  • How existing initiatives can be strengthened;
  • How implementation can be improved;
  • How synergies between different LCD approaches can be created.
A strong focus should also be put on the role of civil society and local stakeholders as important actors in ensuring an inclusive and bottom-up implementation of LCD initiatives.
So we are currently working on:
a) Background: Sustainable Low Carbon Development in Tanzania. Challenges and Opportunities;
b) Mapping: Existing LCD initiatives, measures and stakeholders;
c) Assessment: An analysis of existing initiatives and influencing factors for their implementation;
d) Recommendations.
We are planning to hold a next meeting in July 2014.

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