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In September we, together with the Department of Environment of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, organized our first national multi-stakeholder workshop for the project. This one was held in Stonetown, in the capital of Zanzibar and was attended by approximately 80 people. The stakeholders present were representatives from the local communities living in the hotspots, private sector participants such as hotel owners, government officials, NGO directors, academics and representatives of the national Imam’s organization.
The multi-stakeholder workshop was officially opened by a the Honorary Minister of State, First Vice President’s Office, madame Fatma Abdulhabib Ferej, who stressed the importance of working together: “Zanzibar aspires a transition to a green economy by 2030, requiring new approaches for sustainable and climate-proof development. It can only be achieved through a concerted effort and joint investments by public and private stakeholders” During the two day event, which was covered by national media, several presentations were made, not only by the project’s team, but also by the community representatives and several climate relevant department heads (of the Department of Forestry, Zanzibar Water Authority, Zanzibar Environmental Management Association, Department of Tourism and Department of Agriculture). During those presentations the outcomes of previous multi-stakeholder workshops were presented as were the impacts of climate change to the aforementioned departments and lives of local people. Key note speeches were given by the department head of the Department of Urban and Rural Planning and the Zanzibar Planning Commission.
In order to come up with local climate action plans for the hotspot Mkokotoni, Nungwi and Mjini Kiuyu the key objectives of the workshop were:
Therefore, the workshop wasn’t only set around presentations, but invitees were encouraged to actively participate through parallel design sessions. On the first day, previously made priority lists of possible climate adaptation measures were discussed within sub-groups per hotspot. The discussion revolved around the impacts (economic, socio-economic, public health and environmental) and feasibility (technical, compatibility to other plans, estimated investment costs and political considerations) per measure. On the second day of the workshop, land-use maps were used for each hotspot. The groups had to draw on the map where they would implement the previously discussed measures, what the first cost estimation would be, who should pay for it (e.g. budget from local, district, national level and/ or by external donors), who should implement the measure and finally, how much time it would take to design, implement and for it to have an impact.
In the end we can look back on a very successful workshop with a lot of new insights, possible cooperation and support for climate adaptation from many different angles. Currently we are in the process of drafting the intervention sheets of the measures discussed and appointed during the workshop as most feasible and/or urgent to implement. These intervention sheets will be presented in the second national multi-stakeholder workshop which will most likely be held in February 2016. By that time, my YEP-Water contract has ended, but who knows…
PS: In the picture above you see community representatives Bakari Suleiman Juma (Mjini Kiuyu, Pemba), Hadia Ali Makame (Mkokotoni) and Abdulrahman Ali Shamte (Nungwi) (left to right) presenting the most pressing problems they face in their respective villages to the other stakeholders present.