Climate Change and Disaster Risks Reduction

MAA is aware that deterioration of the natural environment is threatening sustainable development efforts in pastoral rangelands of northern Tanzania. Evidence of expanding impact of climate change has fostered emerging challenges such as extensive and unplanned agriculture, encroachment to both livestock grazing land and natural watering points, and degradation of woodland resources. These concerns, coupled with the current global warming, have gradually led to the decline in traditional rangeland livelihoods options and loss of biodiversity resources and values. MAA works with rangeland communities to devise and implement manageable Disaster Risks Reduction (DRR) strategies that easily and quickly can reduce the negative impacts of climate change, as well as landscape scale conservation strategies and solutions to mitigate these impacts. Our aim is to promote local resilience to droughts and other potential disasters by strengthening existing and potential rangeland management structures and early warning systems that could be used to mitigate climate change impacts. We do so in firm belief that by developing locally transparent and accountable climate change management structures, attaining proper education and awareness, and promoting efficient and sustainable technologies, local communities will be able to address poverty by adopting essential solutions to the challenges of climate change.