water resources


Water and rural livelihood

Water is among the most important resources for rural communities, and in the context of climate change, it is the leading limiting factor in different livelihood activities particularly crop and livestock production. Currently, evidences from historical trends of climate variability and change shows how crops, livestock, pasture, water resources and different coping strategies used to be practiced by the rural communities are not effective for their sustainable livelihoods. In responses to the situation, communities in rural areas has started the application of short and long-terms adaptive mechanisms such as growing drought tolerant and early maturing varieties, water harvesting, early or dry planting, de-stocking and at some point migration of men to urban areas searching for wage employment. This is what cultivated our motivation to embark on ensuring that we strive to contribute on solutions that will enable the inexpensive and local adaptive techniques in the water sector for rural livelihood are developed and added value for community resilience on the impacts of climate change


Policy and Institutions

For the water resource sector, different decision making tools can be identified, though relevant policies carries a great stake for accomplishment. We will put more efforts on significantly contributing on water related policies in respect of the community wellbeing while strengthening institutions in terms of technical backstopping and action researches. A special attention will be given to the emerging surge on investing on watershed management, taking into account, its political ecology that shapes agenda and decisions from different actors with manifold interests. This is to say political interests, policy making discourses, agronomist perspectives, soil and water conservation and environmental protection views, as well as all other stakeholders building the whole ecology in this sense, will be taken into consideration for value addition and sustainability in the context of climate change and poverty reduction


Urban water and development

Currently, an access to clean and safe water in different areas is among the key determinants of social development. However, in Tanzania and in the world at large is communities are facing increasing problems based on reliable and adequate water services, in both rural and urban areas. A number of reasons affecting water sector can be mentioned though not necessarily linked to climate change. Despite of all the reasons, the higher and more uneven water demand resulting from population growth in urban areas due to increase in urbanization, represents an additional burden for development pace. Given the problems as explained above, it is important now to explore possible interventions in urban areas, for relevant authorities and communities at risk to plan accordingly and sustainably address the challenges as appropriate. With the current situation and available opportunities at national and international levels, most of water supply systems are quite able to cope with the available are projected challenges in the decades ahead, and this is what CAN Tanzania will capitalize on, in different programmes and projects


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This review is associated with the review of local governments’ (Three Districts and Villages) periodic plans and strategies and looking their alignment with the national documents for renewable energy, climate resilience and poverty reduction.

On 8th to 21st August CAN Tanzania will be doing the practical dissemination of the reviewed policy and strategy reviews to the three districts (Chalinze, Pangani and Lushoto) and villages (Kihangaiko, Pangani Mashariki and Mwangoi) respectively attracting stakeholders from district council members to District department officials. This will be associated with technical backstopping of theRead More…

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