Information for 17288IIED
Enabling resilience: bridging the planning gap in Tanzania
IIED Briefing, 4 pages
A drought in 2009 demonstrated the vulnerability of Tanzania’s northern districts to climate change. In the past, community livelihood strategies have allowed people to remain productive in the context of climatic variability. But short- and longer-term resilience is being undermined by the government’s inability to support and strengthen people’s adaptive strategies to a changing climate. Communities and governments need to develop a long-sighted, coordinated approach to climate-resilient development. This briefing examines how district governments in Tanzania are improving participatory
processes and making effective use of climate information to create an enabling environment to support community-led adaptation strategies.
District governments in Tanzania are improving their capacity for effective adaptive planning by strengthening planning processes and establishing local adaptation funds. With support from a consortium of government and non-government stakeholders, they are testing a devolved climate finance mechanism for building resilience, which could inform policy and action in other drylands.