Tanzania Climate Change Initiative (TCCI) was established in 2019 and registered in 2021as the first public interest of the Climate Change Initiative expert association as a non-governmental and non-profit Organization with registration number 00NGO/R/2744 made under sections 11 (1) and 17 (2) of Act No. 24 of 2002. It has its head office in Tanga municipal, in the Tanga region. The purpose of establishing TCCI is to support the idea of ​​an environmental stakeholder in the fight against climate change to bring together environmental stakeholders in the country and implement it by supporting the government’s efforts to improve the environment and combat climate change.

TCCI envisages uniting Tanzanians in fighting the effects of climate change and protecting our environment. Currently, TCCI comprises 700 environmental stakeholders, and the target is to reach more than 1000 stakeholders by October 2022. The organization has a 700-acre farm which is the stakeholder’s learning center for gaining practical knowledge on Climate change mitigation and adaptation pathways and technologies.

TCCI also aims to research and promote good innovative practices in economic activities to protect the globe against the negative impact of climate change. In the medium term, TCCI seeks to engage the community, research, and higher learning institutions for innovative solutions development and uptake within and outside Tanzania. Our solutions portfolio will include farming, fishing, and industrial solutions.

TCCI has more than 700 members present in both Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar, in this case we are working with local and international community in all regions in Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar.

TCCI owns more than 1,000 acres of land in Tanzania and welcomes local and international communities and development partners to co-invest in climate and environmental sectors such as eco-tourism, forestry, and wildlife, as well as other fields such as Agribusiness to protect our planet against adverse effects of climate change

TCCI also works with off-grid rural communities in enabling sustainable forest management, charcoal production for low-cost efficiency household domestic cooking energies such as biogas, and solar, as well as eco-friendly firewood and environmentally friendly charcoal production using wood waste such as sawdust

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Context of the Interventions

The main approach employed by TCCI to achieve its objectives is empowering local communities at the village, ward, and district levels to achieve sustainable environmental management. This is consistent with various efforts by the Government of Tanzania (GoT) and its Development Partners aimed at poverty reduction through sustainable environmental management. Additionally, the National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty (NSGRP), popularly known as MKUKUTA in Kiswahili, strongly outlines the importance of poverty-environment linkages for sustainable development.

The link between environment and poverty is obvious with regard to access to and quality of water and sanitation. In fact, water supply, sanitation, and water resource management feature prominently in the Tanzania Development Vision (TDV) 2025. Intrinsic to these overall targets are the objectives of equity of access, water management capacity, proper maintenance of water and sanitation systems, and use of environmentally sound technologies. Thus, TCCI intends to continue empowering Community Owned Water Supply Organizations (COWSOs) through management training and legal registration as aspired by the Water Sector Development Program (WSDP) particularly Phase II), the National Sanitation Campaign (NSC), and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).