By Shadrack Sylivester, Climate Action Network Tanzania
Tanzania is among the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and many others in the world affected badly by loss and damage triggered by climate change, on other side of the coin it has gone further affected the national efforts towards sustainable development agenda. The risks are extremely predicted to increase in the coming years if no effective measures taken to address the associated challenges
Despite the fundamental burdens of climate induced loss and damage in Tanzania, the level of awareness among the public general and government officials is still low. With this reason CAN Tanzania decided to take action to raise voice of the people by impacting knowledge to the communities to have a common say and stand in fighting and addressing Climate induced Loss and Damage in Tanzania.
In order to build resilience and adaptive capacity to the climate change risks with regard to the vulnerable communities Climate Action Network Tanzania in collaboration with Bread for World (a Protestant German based organization) conducted workshop on Climate induced loss and damage in Tanzania. The training aimed at capacitating and raising awareness as well as education to the community as a way forward on shaping their action to identify the symbiotic relation between the available adaptation strategies and loss and damage in the country and across the East African Region. At the same token it will help to shape the national planning, policies and strategies on climate change related issues in relation to the development agenda for sustainable future.
Sabine Minninger, a policy advisor on climate change from Bread for the World as among of the workshop facilitators explained the meaning of loss and damage in a causative way as an irrecoverable loss of some things and the repairable damage of other things due to the impacts of human induced climate change. And she mentioned some examples of loss and damage events such as desertification, droughts, glacier melting, cyclones, sea level rise and floods
As a continuation of cementing out the training content, the communication officer for CAN Tanzania “Shadrack Sylivester insisted that, “We need to walk hand in hand by engaging the local communities in every step we take to build resilience by putting in mind that the voice of the people is the voice God and using that voice we will utilize the current resources without compromising the future generations.”
Furthermore the CAN Tanzania director Mr. Mwanga said that in order to move forward and to achieve the international and national climate change related goals, the civil society organizations need to go deeper by involving the victimized communities from the grassroots to the national level to walk together on addressing climate induced loss and damage.
Therefore as the believer on the voice of the people as the source of change, CAN Tanzania welcome you to participate by learning while doing to protect the planet.