3R partners ready for introducing water buffering in

the Igunga Eco-Village project (Tanzania)

As part of the EU supported Global Climate Change Alliance, program ‘Integrated Approaches for Climate Change Adaptation’ in Tanzania, the complete project team recently held a kick-off meeting at the project site in Igunga district. The program targets the semi-arid areas of Tabora region, Igunga district central Tanzania.  The overall objective that the Igunga Eco village project will contribute to, is: Increased resilience of vulnerable rural Tanzanian communities through reduced poverty and improved adaptation to the adverse effects of climate change. The total number of beneficiaries of the project are the 72,000 inhabitants of these villages.

The partners in the program are Heifer Netherlands as lead party, and co-applicants are Igunga district council, Heifer Tanzania and the 3R partnership (Aqua for All, RAIN, Acacia water and MetaMeta). Our colleague Marlies Batterink was present on behalf of the 3R Partnership, which will ensure the introduction of the 3R approach in this program for sustainable water resource management.

Together they will implement the integrated Eco-Village program. A knowledge partner is ICIPE, an international research institution for developing and extending insect vector management tools and strategies, while preserving the natural resource base through research and capacity building (www.push-pull.net).

The Eco-village approach is a holistic approach that integrates interventions in a range of sectors in order to sustainably improve climate change resilience and reduce poverty (like livestock, fisheries, energy, forestry and water). It is also a community driven approach: the goal is to enable communities, supported by effective local governance, to choose and implement climate change adaptation (CCA) strategies. Lastly, it is a pilot approach, with an important emphasis on documentation, dissemination and sharing of lessons and best practices for further upscaling.

The 3R partnership will introduce a systematic and pragmatic 3R approach for including water buffering at strategic planning and implementation level to increase water availability at both community and at farm level. The approach will introduce a tailored set of small to medium size water buffering structures across the 9 target villages on a pilot basis and in the larger catchment if appropriate, contributing to climate resilience.


See also: www.heifer.nl/projecten/tanzania  and www.gcca.eu/national-programmes/africa/global-climate-change-alliance-in-tanzania


For more information contact Aqua for All (Marlies Batterink: M.Batterink@aquaforall.org)