Workshop Proceedings: Tanzania Coastal Climate Change National Adaptation Planning Workshop
This technical report reviews the national workshop, Tanzania Coastal Climate Change National Adaptation Planning, which took place in March 2013. The purpose of this report is to summarize the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process in Tanzania, as well as serve as a model for other countries’ learning such as through the Roadmap and Technical Guide to the NAP process that was finalized after the Tanzania workshop. The workshop focused primarily on climate change impacts in the coastal and marine environments. Adaptation planning was assessed, and national priorities were identified and coordinated with national development objectives in place.
The workshop opened with several high-level presentations, and was followed by and active participation in breakout and plenary sessions, organized by sector (i.e., fisheries, human settlements, tourism, forestry, and agriculture). The purpose of the participant activities was to prioritize adaptation actions and develop a set of key messages. These included the inter-linkages of inputs, threats, adaptation actions, and institutions across the sectors. Many sectors rely on the same inputs and enabling conditions. As an example from the report, in addition to being its own important economic sector, water resources are a critical input for the fisheries, forestry, tourism, agriculture and human settlement sectors.
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The objectives of the workshop were to:
- Build momentum and lay the groundwork for the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process that the Government of Tanzania is committed to
- Launch the Tanzania NAP process within the context of coastal priorities
- Propose and model a process for mainstreaming climate change adaptation into development
- Demonstrate the inter-sectoral nature of climate change effects and adaptation actions
- Highlight findings on mainstreaming climate change adaptation into Tanzania's coastal
- development objectives
- Highlight findings on the process modeled in this workshop, its relevance to the larger NAP
- process in Tanzania and to NAP processes in general for other developing countries