The National Civil Society Platform 1st Meeting in Dar-es-salaam

To ensure Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) properly advocates and possess a working mechanism on communicating the needs of the society to authorities, the active and effective strategies and working in coalitions is key. Building on this background, a total of 20 participants from different CSOs from Dar-es-salaam, Lushoto, Pangani, Chalinze, and Dodoma, gathered in Dar-es-salaam on 24th May 2018 to attend the first meeting of the National CSOs platform organized by Climate action Network Tanzania (CAN Tanzania). This platform is working in a coalition to execute advocacy activities, specifically to enhance the public support on climate change responses, Environmental Policies, Renewable Energy and Poverty Reduction; and to ensure that public opinions are communicated to the government using different approaches such as policy briefs, mass media and petitions. In this meeting a couple of issues were discussed, they include Enforcement of laws on different issues related to climate and environment, the energy sector, land use planning and management, agriculture, fisheries and financing renewable energy. This platform will continuously work for 3 years as part of the project “Aligning Climate Resilience, Sustainable Development and Poverty reduction in Tanzania” implemented by CAN Tanzania, and funded by Bread for the World, a Protestant Organization based in Germany.

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  • Pangani Heartland Development Organization (PHDO)May 30, 2018 at 7:58 am Reply

    Discovery of natural gas in some years ago, Environmentalists even the government persuaded us that gas would be an alternative to the solution to the energy acquisition problems, something different from the situation we are facing now.

    Increasing of the price of the gas has now caused even those with gas jars not thinking anymore filling them. Charcoal and fire woods remains the only solution.

    According to the current information is that Dar es Salaam and Mwanza are the leading consumers of the charcoal regardless of our expectations that these cities and town centres could be and examples for leading the campaign of anti-charcoal and fire woods dependence as the main sources of energy.
    It has been said these cities have contributed much to the increased exploitation of the forests in the other regions, approximated to reach 300,000 to 400,000 hectares of natural forests disappearing from charcoal making each year. This is much and worse for the sustainability of our nature.

    Gas price is too high and not friendly to the users but also to the Environment;
    let’s fight for its deceleration.

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