Monday, 6 March 2017 As Tanzania continues to experience alarming changes in rainfall patterns, an EU funded climate change adaptation conference launches into action

Monday, 6 March 2017 As Tanzania continues to experience alarming changes in rainfall patterns, an EU funded climate change adaptation conference launches into action

Selected media are cordially invited to the National Conference on Climate Change Adaptation being organised by the European Union funded ECO ACT project, which follows an eco-village approach under the Global Climate Change Alliance to help communities adapt to the adverse conditions of climate change in central Tanzania.

Media are invited to cover the first day of the two day event on Tuesday, 7 March from 8 am to 11 am at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in the Marquee in Dar es Salaam.

A representative from the Ministry of State-Environment, will deliver an opening speech and is expected to outline why climate change adaptation measures are essential for Tanzania's development strategy.

A keynote speech will be given by Tim Clarke, Former EU Ambassador to Tanzania, who was fundamental in setting up the eco-village model in Tanzania and globally. The approach is holistic and targets multiple interventions at community level to assist people to become more resilient to climate change and also reduce poverty. Richard Muyungi, Director of Environment, Vice President's Office and Shakwaanande Natai, Head of the Environment Management Unit, MALF, Dr. Lucy Ssendi, from PO-RALG, Dr. Francis Njau, IRDP and other experts will share and discuss the latest developments. Two key papers on the Impact of drought and coping strategies in Tanzania will be presented by experienced scholars. Representatives from civil society include Rebecca Muna, from Forum CC, and practitioners from five EU funded eco-village projects.

"As Tanzania faces more unexpected rainfall, and even drought in some parts of the country, it is more important than ever to work with communities to support them in their efforts to adapt to climate change. This conference is an opportunity to bring high level and grassroots actors together for a meaningful dialogue to ensure everyone can contribute, take responsibility and take action," said Roeland Van de Geer, European Union Ambassador to Tanzania.

Climate Change is an international priority and falls under Sustainable Development Goal 13, CLIMATE ACTION. It also forms part of Tanzania's poverty reduction strategies, and the country is bound by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

"With this changing climate, National Development Goals cannot be achieved without taking on board climate change adaptation strategies. The Eco ACT project is empowering the Local Government Authorities to mainstream climate change adaptation strategies into the District Development Plans as well as empowering rural communities in semi arid central Tanzania in adapting to the adverse effects of climate change in the sectors of Agriculture, Livestock, Water, Forest and Energy, ", said Dr. Francis Njau, IRDP

Delegates will also be entertained by the Gogo drama group, who will portray climate change adaptation practices carried out in their own villages. Other eco-village projects funded by the European Union will be showcasing their income generating activities, such as handmade leather products and wild honey as ways to adapt to climate change.

The first day is all about policy and practice, and will be punctuated by compelling presentations on the latest techniques in climate change adaptation, followed up by dynamic panel discussions. The day will end with a cocktail reception and an award ceremony showcasing early adopters of climate change adaptation from the eco-villages. The end