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Mainstreaming climate change adaptation in drylands development planning in Tanzania

This paper presents the highlights of the first year (December 2011-December 2012) of the project implemented by the Tanzania Natural Resource Forum (TNRF) to build the capacity of local actors in the Districts of Longido, Monduli and Ngorongoro. The aim of the project is to design a long term action-research programme that will test approaches and mechanisms to mainstream climate change adaptation into their development planning. This preparatory phase, funded by DFID, was implemented in partnership with the local government authorities of the three districts, relevant national institutions, customary leaders and civil society with technical support from IIED.

One key activity during this inception period was to assess the functionality and relevance of both traditional and formal (government-led) planning processes for climate change adaptation as these two processes need to complement each other in order to build climate resilience at local level.

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County and local governments in Kenya and Tanzania are strengthening their capacity for effective adaptive planning with support from IIED. Through strengthening planning processes and establishing local adaptation funds, approaches to building resilience are being tested to inform policy and action in other drylands.

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