Media advised on covering climate change stories

By Sylivester Domasa, Daily News | 28th April, 2017

“At least 10 media professionals from electronic, online and print media outlets across the country have benefited from a climate change reporting training jointly organised by Decentralised Climate Finance Project (DCFP) and Tanzania Natural Resources Forum (TNRF). The two-day workshop held here from Monday aimed at equipping journalists on covering environmental stories, notably climate change. DCFP Coordinator, Mr Sanford Kway acknowledged that most journalists find technical climate change stories difficult to understand. ‘With the right information and support, the media can indeed become better equipped and more interested in developing well-articulated climate change related stories,’ he said. DCFP is a five-year project aiming at facilitating investment that improves responses to climate change across 15 test district councils in Tanzania Mainland. It includes Bahi, Iramba, Kilwa, Kiteto, Kondoa, Longido, Manyoni, Mbulu, Monduli, Ngorongoro, Pangani, Same, Siha and Simanjiro.” Read more…



World Environment Day

World Environment Day

“Let’s meet in Butiama: Environment Is Life”

About a year ago, WHO report about air quality which examined PM 2.5 (fine particulate pollution) and PM 10 (coarse pollution particles) levels in 3000 cities across the globe. In the report, Morogoro happened to be a city from the Republic of Tanzania that was mentioned, ranking number 33 of the 39 listed from Africa.

The report said that 80% of city dwellers are breathing in bad air and are at a risk of life-threatening diseases like lung cancer, added that the air pollution is rising at an alarming rate in urban areas of poor countries. The same report placed Onitsha in Nigeria as the most polluted city and Sinclair in US as the least polluted, here are the 39 most polluted cities in Africa.

With this year’s World Theme, “Connecting People to Nature” has much changed? Has the ranks seen any change in the name of the cities mentioned a year ago!

Tanzania will celebrate the World and National Environment Day in Butiama, Mara with the theme “Environment Conservation; Essential for an Industrialized Tanzania”


Bonn Climate Change Conference, 8th-18th May, 2017

The Bonn Climate Change Conference has started on 8th in Germany and expected to close on 18th May 2017. The conference comprises meetings of three bodies which are: The forty-sixth session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 46); The forty-sixth session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 46); and The third part of the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1-3). The three bodies are expected to further the discussion from COP22 and importantly advance Paris Agreement ‘rule book’.

This is the first negotiation session since the twenty-second Conference of Parties (COP22) which was held in November last year (2016). The three bodies are expected to further the discussion from COP22 and importantly advance Paris Agreement ‘rule book’ as a build-up to the annual UNFCCC Climate Change Conference, which will also be held in Bonn in November this year.

Source: Forum CC

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Resilient Assessment in the remaining division: Ngorongoro Division

Resilient Assessment in the remaining division: Ngorongoro Division

Decentralised Climate Finance Project Tanzania conducted a Resilience Assessment (RA) from 1st to 6th May 2017 in Karatu.

Representatives from International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)), HakiKazi Catalyst (HKC), District Officials, Institute of Rural Development Planning (IRDP) and Local Government Training Institute (LGTI) facilitates this exercise as part of finalizing pending divisions that were not included during the first assessment.

In 2014 resilient assessment were done in nine divisions in Longido, Monduli and Ngorongoro districts.

The resilience assessment is a participatory process allowing local people, differentiated by production system, gender and age, to articulate the rationale of underpinning their livelihood strategies. It differs from other planning approaches in that it seeks explicitly to enable and empower local people to explain to those external to their community, such as government planners or NGO staff, the logic of their production strategies in the face of climate variability and change. It provides an opportunity for local government and communities to discuss how local livelihood function and interact, the factors that constrain their resilience to the impact of climate change and practical ways to build  adaptive capacity and long term resilience.


Journalist Training in Dodoma

Journalist Training in Dodoma

The DCF project conducted Journalists Training on 24th and 25th of April 2017 at PORALG conference room in Dodoma. The main aim of this training was to share experience on climate change reporting and familiarize participants with the DCF project.

Specifically the training aimed at;

  • Familiarizing Journalist with the concept of Climate Change and decentralized climate funds mechanism
  • Building a Climate Change journalists network
  • And inform journalists on the opportunity to participate in the Journalist competition award organized by Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) that will be based on Climate Change, and awarded by the DCF Project.

The training brought together bloggers, communication officers from Government Communication Unit (GCU), IT officers from PORALG, Monduli Districts and Institute of Rural Development Planning and 18 journalists from Tabianchi blog, ITV, Radio one, TBC, Channel ten, The Citizen, Daily News and The Guardian attended this training. Click here to get the presentations


World Meteorological Day

World Meteorological Day

On 23rd March 2017 World Meteorological Day will be celebrated around the theme ‘Understanding Clouds’ to highlight the enormous importance of clouds for weather climate and water. Clouds are central to weather observations and forecasts. Clouds are one of the key uncertainties in the study of climate change: we need to better understand how clouds affect the climate and how a changing climate will affect clouds. Clouds play a critical role in the water cycle and shaping the global distribution of water resources. (more…)


Delivering real change: getting international climate finance to the local level

“Delivering real change: getting international climate finance to the local level” is a working paper published by IIED and looks into climate finance reaching the local communities as a part of a coherent approach to climate action that delivers effective, efficient and sustainable results that enhance the impact of each dollar disbursed. It explores the flows of climate finance within the main international climate funds, to understand how effective they are in getting finance to the local level and what design features enable or prevent local financing. It distils lessons from development funds that are experienced in local financing. It concludes by highlighting the ways in which local climate financing can be enhanced – to further improve the effectiveness of aid. (more…)


Traditional Leaders Training in Longido

Traditional Leaders Training in Longido

Traditional leaders training workshop was conducted in Namanga from 27th to 28th February 2017. More than 40 participants including Traditional leaders (Ilaigwanak and Inkaigwanak) from four districts (Monduli, Ngorongoro, Longido, and Simanjiro), District Commissioners (DCs) from Monduli, Longido and Ngorongoro, Longido District Executive Director (DED), members from Tanzania People and Wildlife (TPW), Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) and UK Meteorological Agency attended the training workshop.

This traditional leaders training based on various areas including: (more…)


DvAPCs TAMD Training in Monduli district

DvAPCs TAMD Training in Monduli district

Division Adaptation and Planning Committees (DvAPCs) Tracking Adaptation and Measuring Development (TAMD) Training took place on 22nd and 24th of February 2017.

Participants at the training were from institutions including DCF project partners (Hakikazi catalyst and TNRF), community development officers and economists from the government and community representatives from monduli district.

The main aim of this training was to capacitate community representatives from all the three divisions in monduli district (Manyara, Kisongo and Makuyuni divisions) on Tracking Adaptation and Measuring Development (TAMD) on what TAMD is and how to use it in the project. The community representatives worked in groups to come up with the Theory of Change (ToC) interventions, which will be used in the TAMD framework.

By the end of the 3day-training, the DvAPC members had a better understanding of what is monitoring and evaluation, what is TAMD and how to use it in the project. The DvAPC members were able to draw down their needs and use TAMD framework in respect to their divisions within Monduli district.


DAPC TAMD ToT refresher training

The District Adaptation Planning Committee (DAPC) Tracking Adaptation and Measuring Development (TAMD) Training of Trainers (ToT) refresher trainings will be held for district technical officers in each of the 3 target districts; Longido, Monduli and Ngorongoro between 14th February and 5th March 2017.

The trainings are part of capacity building that intends to refresh the technical officers’ knowledge on monitoring and evaluation (M&E), training and facilitation skills following the 3 previous TAMD trainings that they have already received.

The TAMD ToT refresher training will cover:

  • Basic M&E
  • M&E frameworks
  • Climate change terms
  • Adaptation M&E (TAMD)
  • Theories of change with indicators and assumptions
  • Collection of baseline and developing baseline and M&E plans
  • Data analysis