Who we are
CAN Tanzania is a Non-Governmental and not for profit organization founded in 2011, with its headquarters in Dar es Salaam. Its establishment has been a critical step towards empowering Tanzanians to be more aware of climate change and related issues. Importantly, it was hinged on as a vision in developing a networking structure that would be able to reach a wider community in the country. The overall objective is to inform, mobilize, advocate and empower the Tanzanian community to collectively raise the national voice in the international climate change debate and take smarter actions to reduce dangerous activities that lead to harmful climate change and adapt to current climate change impacts.
Nowadays, we are working with more than 50 Civil Society Organizations across the country, as well as with a number of government ministries and agencies including Environment, Local Government, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Energy (department of renewable energy and policy) Natural Resources and Tourism, Water, Work and Finance especially planning Commissions. It also works with the parliamentary standing committees and research institutions.
Our work targets the adoption of Low Carbon Growth, poverty reduction through enhanced community livelihood activities and hence a climate resilient-economy among citizens. We also strive to localize the international climate agenda and agreements into our local context. In collaboration with our partners’ supporters and donors, the accumulated projects achievements, learnings and barriers are always shared with international fora such as UNFCCC negotiations, high-level meetings for dissemination, learning and upscaling.
To develop a networking structure that will be able to reach a wider community in the country. Also, we want to ensure and realize a socioeconomically powerful and climate resilient community that takes actions to mitigate climate change impacts whilst using natural resources wisely.
Our mission is to support and bring together the Tanzanian community in order to influence and advocate the development and implementation of effective national policies, strategies and actions. These policies, strategies and actions should respond to, and prevent further climate change impacts whilst reducing poverty and ensuring long term sustainable development
We believe that
- Climate change impacts are serious and impinge sustainable development initiatives.
- Access to accurate information and awareness about climate change builds adaptive capacity within Socio-ecological systems.
- Involving different stakeholders across levels and scales, with high levels of transparency and accountability, builds institutional and community resilience.
- Climate adaptation and mitigation does not hinder the development but makes them sustainable.