Vital knowledge on local climate change adaptation: Tanzanian Ecoboma project ends launching a new website

The ECOBOMA project (2015-19), one of the five Eco villages funded by GCCA+ in Tanzania, ended leaving an important legacy: a new website hosted by its partner - the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology. The platform shares vital local knowledge about climate change adaption. 

In a large hall flooded with natural light at the Nelson Mandela African Institution in Arusha, Tanzania, government officials, representatives from the European Union, local and international partners and participating communities convened on 27 March 2019 to celebrate four years of a climate change adaptation project, ECOBOMA. 

Maasai women in Northern Tanzania save time and energy cooking with biogas, introduced by the ECOBOMA project to cut down on firewood consumption. Naeku Loitore says she now has more time to focus on income generating activities.

ECOBOMA - “boma” being the traditional Maasai housing - was funded by the European Union to contribute to the implementation of Tanzania’s poverty reduction strategy and improving the livelihoods of communities. The aim of the project was to build the resilience of pastoralists, raise awareness, and work with Local Government Authorities to incorporate climate change adaptation into their work plans.  At the closing event a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Arusha and Meru District Councils and OIKOS East Africa to ensure an ongoing commitment to climate change adaptation and to designate a taskforce drawn from a sustainability matrix to carry on this vital work. 
“Four years of collaboration to build climate resilience in the Maasai steppe, Northern Tanzania”, have been summarized in a short publication showcasing results. The ECOBOMA project, covering a geographical area of circa 300 square kilometres, aimed to improve and increase the capacity of vulnerable Maasai pastoralists in Arumeru District to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change through a low cost, culturally acceptable, replicable model of holistic solutions. The project involved 2,000 families, 6,000 children in primary schools and 500 women.

ECOBOMA launched the new website to raise awareness about how Tanzania can adapt to the impacts of climate change.  In order to continue sharing vital local knowledge on climate change, ECOBOMA has developed a climate change platform hosted by partner Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology. To visit the website, go to: click on the Centres and Projects tab then Climate Change Centre of Knowledge tab. 

The website invites climate change practitioners to share content and aims to increase awareness on climate change for researchers, practitioners and the general public, enabling users to have easy access to climate data and resources. ECOBOMA a également lancé un nouveau site web de sensibilisation à la façon dont la Tanzanie peut s’adapter aux effets du changement climatique. Pour continuer à partager des connaissances locales essentielles sur le changement climatique, ECOBOMA a développé une plateforme dédiée, hébergée par son partenaire, la Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology. Pour la découvrir, rendez-vous sur le site, cliquez sur l’onglet « Centres and Projects », puis sûr « Climate Change Centre of Knowledge ».



Climate Change Information Platform click on the Centers and Projects tab then Climate Change Centre of Knowledge tab

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The benefits of biogas in Northern Tanzania