The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat is facilitating the Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+) programme in the SADC region. The (GCCA+) programme is a European Union flagship initiative in helping the world’s most vulnerable countries to address climate change. Since the GCCA was established in 2007, it is focused on building climate resilience in the least Developed Countries (LDC’s) and Small Island Developing States (SID’s). In the SADC region, the programme aims to build capabilities of SADC Member States to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change in support of the achievement of Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP), Africa Agenda 2063, UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and the implementation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Paris COP21 outcomes.
Tanzania as a member of the SADC is as well vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. The increase in temperatures and decrease in rainfall amount, as well as seasonal shifts in rainfall patterns, have been experienced in most parts of the country. These changes affect water security and hence the National Determined Contributions (NDC) and the National Adaptation Programmes of Actions (NPA) show that Water, Energy and Agriculture sectors are priority areas for climate investments.
Global Water partnership Tanzania (GWPTZ) in collaboration with Global Water Partnership Southern Africa (GWPSA) are supporting the SADC Secretariat in implementing a climate-resilient Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) interventions in the Wami-Ruvu Basin in Tanzania. The project aims to propose and implement IWRM climate resilience interventions that will strengthen the climate resilience of local communities in the Wami-Ruvu Basin to adapt to climate changes.