Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change & Resilience

Risk-informed and sustainable.

Tanzania is a country rich in natural resources, including forests that protect unique treasures of biodiversity and wildlife. It also boasts beautiful coastal zones, mountains, rivers, and lakes that make it one of the most popular tourist destinations. However, climate change is already impacting the country, with more than 70% of all natural disasters in Tanzania attributed to climate change-related issues. This threat to development gains globally is already a reality.

Given that Tanzania's National Parks alone constitute 25% of protected areas (PA) in the country, it is crucial to conserve and protect these resources to build resilience and enhance livelihoods. It is important to consider the gender aspect of this conservation effort, as women and girls are often more vulnerable to climate change, water scarcity, and conflicts over natural resources.

To address these issues, UNDP Tanzania is working in partnership with the government and various stakeholders to strengthen the capacity of national and subnational government, local institutions, civil society organizations, and the private sector in the management of natural resources with a focus on gender. Projects in the Environment and Climate Change Pillar promote efficient and sustainable ecosystem and biodiversity management, including improved infrastructure, increasing energy access, and policy and strategy review.

Through these projects, UNDP has supported the strengthening of instructional capacity for environmental law enforcement, provides equipment for Early Warning Systems to ensure climate change resilience, improves water governance, and reduces conflicts over scarce natural resources. These efforts also aim to enhance gender equality by addressing the specific challenges faced by women and girls in the context of climate change, water scarcity, and conflicts over natural resources.