First Durban Adaptation Charter East African Regional Workshop, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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DAC EAfr workshop plenaryKinondoni Municipality in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania hosted the first Durban Adaptation Charter (DAC) East African Regional Workshop from the 10th – 14th November 2014 at Kunduchi Beach Resort. Kinondoni Municipality organised the workshop in collaboration with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the Association of Local Authorities of Tanzania (ALAT), ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the DAC Secretariat.  This USAID-funded Regional Workshop, which included a capacity-building component, aimed to determine Tanzanian Local Government Authority (LGA) climate change challenges and adaptation needs. The workshop was attended by over 149 Mayors, Chairpersons and Directors from 89 LGAs throughout Tanzania.

The DAC East African Regional Workshop was opened by the Prime Minister of Tanzania, the Honourable Mizengo Pinda, who instructed each LGA to sign the DAC, and to make provision in annual budgets for its implementation. The Workshop culminated in Tanzanian LGA leaders committing to establish climate change committees in each respective LGA, and for these committees to organise into regional compact partnerships. These compacts will focus on advancing climate change adaptation and drafting climate change resolutions, which will be led and coordinated through ALAT. During a special DAC signing event, a further 32 Tanzanian LGAs committed to the ten principles of adaptation within the Charter.  In addition, 54 LGAs became the first DAC signatories to begin reporting their adaptation achievements within ICLEI’s revamped Carbonn Climate Registry, which was subsequently launched during COP20, in Lima, Peru.

Presentations during the capacity building event focused on identifying and understanding current and potential future impacts in Tanzania, and the role which LGAs can play in climate change adaptation through planning and implementing projects.  Impacts that are already evident include flooding, drought and coastal erosion. Potential solutions to these impacts were discussed within Tanzanian geographic zones to ensure that they were context appropriate.

The final session of the DAC East African Regional Workshop was dedicated to discussion around potential resolutions for a climate change response in Tanzania at the local level.  As a result, the following two resolutions were adopted by delegates.  The first resolution was adopted in support of advancing an integrated response to climate change within the East African region. The second resolution committed delegates to a number of actions, and calls on the national government and development partners to support local government in their efforts.

The Tanzanian delegates completed a survey on how successful the DAC East African Regional Workshop was, and the results showed that it was a great success and was well received by all present.  Positive feedback and comments were received from the participating LGA’s which highlighted the importance and relevance of the topics which were covered, as well as the quality of the content. Participants emphasised the importance of having more events that address climate change issues, a focus on education and capacity building, and the promotion of knowledge sharing between cities.

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