The overall objective of building the Climate and Livelihood Research Center is the establishment of the first Think-and-Do-Tank in Tanzania. We want to elaborate our actions and efforts by setting-up a center which combines all of our forces and provides space for new and innovative thoughts. We want to include all the sectors dealing with climate change and we want to work together with other like-minded organizations, companies and single persons to develop solutions and perspectives for Tanzania in the global context of climate change.
Inspection of the project site
The CAN TZ team went to the project site on Friday, the 20th of September to get an overview on the qualities and possibilities of the property. The site is located about 85 km north-west of Dar es Salaam, about 5 km south from Kidomole Village and Bagamoyo-Msata-Road. The property covers about 18 ha.
The research centre should include an administration office, a community hall, a library, laboratories, a guesthouse and several research fields for smart and climate resilient agriculture. The establishment of the center is partitioned in different phases to ensure the sustainability and can therefore be extended and changed at many points during its edification.
The road is not yet fully developed but it was possible to drive almost directly to the designated area. We walked along the borders to take proper coordinates for measuring the dimensions of the property. The landscape can be described as bushland. Currently Man’gati people are living in this area and are using the land for cattle farming. Due to their activities, the land was easy to pass through. It also became apparent that the trees on the area are cut in order to produce charcoal, which influences the vegetation even more than the cattle farming.
The guide told us, that there are seasonal rivers, which are promising for water supply. Closeby there is a farm where tomatos and bananas are grown, so there seems to be enough water and the land might be fertile enough to have research fields.
Following up the inspection the team met to discuss the impressions and arising questions of the field trip. The objective of this meeting was to ensure a common ground for further actions and to discuss all the challenges that might be faced to guarantee an organized and well planned establishment of the center.
Every CAN TZ team member saw potential in the location and the site itself. The existence of a farm doing successful agricultural activities closeby, seems promising and the seasonal rivers will make agriculture and water supply easier.
The idea of having guesthouses to accommodate both tourists and seminar participants seems to be very promising. Transportation costs and emissions are cut and road accessibility becomes less important, as people could stay within the center for several days. We also discussed about using the land for cattle farming, until the construction work starts. The associated exhaustion of land is an opportunity for us to educate people on how to regenerate used land and maximize the agricultural outcome on unfertile land.
We are now in the process of establishing partnerships with different organizations to make progress and strengthen the working force. Furthermore we want to get in contact with the other owners of the land around ours to ensure a collaboration and an effective establishment.