INSTITUTE OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING
(Dodoma, 17 Oct 2011)
EUROPEAN UNION AMBASSADOR LAUNCHES DODOMA CLIMATE CHANGE PROJECT
European Union Ambassador Tim Clarke is laying the foundation stone of an innovative EU funded project to create a climate change ecovillage in Chololo, Dodoma Municipal District, on Friday 21 October.
Funded by the European Union, the Institute of Rural Development Planning (IRDP) is leading a team of six agencies to transform Chololo into an ecovillage – a model of good practice in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. The project will support and empower the village community to test, evaluate and take up climate change adaptation technologies in agriculture, livestock, water, energy, and natural resources.
EU Ambassador Clarke said “Climate change is an issue of fundamental importance to Tanzania. Tanzania has played no part in creating climate change but its people are suffering the consequences. I am very happy to inaugurate this project today. It is one of a number of initiatives the EU is taking to help Tanzanians live with climate change and adapt their livelihoods accordingly. I hope its location in Dodoma near the Bunge will show politicians what can be done on the ground to address the challenges.”
The TZS 1.4bn (700,000 Euros) project aims to strengthen capacity of vulnerable rural communities in semi-arid areas of Central Tanzania to adapt to adverse effects of climate change for improved livelihoods and natural resource management. Specifically the project will identify, test, evaluate and share a comprehensive range of innovative joined-up adaptation technologies and approaches; support the village community to agree and implement a solid framework of land use plans and natural resource management principles and practices; empower women to act at the forefront of the transformation, with increased authority and reduced workload; increase household food security and incomes, and improved livelihoods.
The project was developed following a participatory process of Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis, involving members of the Chololo community and village leadership.
IRDP Project Manager Dr Francis Njau said “This project will make a huge difference not just to the people of Chololo but also villages throughout the region who face similar challenges of climate change like drought, flooding, high wind speed, limited ground water recharge, pest and diseases. Chololo Ecovillage will test and evaluate over 20 climate change adaptation technologies, and become a regional centre of best practice for the benefit of all.”
For agriculture, the project will introduce and evaluate affordable and labour saving technologies for soil moisture conservation, maximising the benefit of the short rain season, and test locally appropriate varieties to adapt the crop system to be more resilient to erratic conditions; crops that are cultivated and controlled by women will be given priority; making better use of kraal manure for sustainable soil fertility improvement.
Livestock innovations will focus on reduction of livestock numbers per unit area (carrying capacity), grazing / browsing will be zoned through adoption of appropriate land use plans, livestock disease control and management; improvements of genetic potential of local cattle, goats and chicken mainly through introduction of Mpwapwa cattle breed bulls, bucks of blended goats and improved cocks respectively. Improvement of local chicken will provide a very flexible income source mainly controlled by women.
In the water sector, interventions on water for domestic and livestock use will be developed collectively using Integrated Water Resource Management approaches mainly rainwater harvesting and management of watersheds. In the energy sector, the emphasis will be on introduction of energy saving stoves, and making the best use of livestock manure for biogas, the by-product (slurry) is an important organic fertiliser very rich in soil nutrients.
In forestry and sustainable natural resource management the project will focus primarily on community management of existing forestry resources; introduction of adapted tree species in deforested areas, homesteads and croplands. This will be achieved through awareness raising and training, while putting in place a local legislative framework enforceable by the community.
The project will be delivered by a partnership of six organizations: Institute of Rural Development Planning (IRDP), Dodoma Municipal Council, Hombolo Agriculture Research Institute (ARI Hombolo), Maji na Maendeleo (MAMADO), Tanzania Organic Agriculture Movement (TOAM), and Dodoma Environmental Network (DONET). The Contracting Authortity for this EU funded project is the Ministry of Finance, with oversight support from the Division of Environment, Office of the Vice President.
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