Igunga Ecovillage - Aqua for All

Igunga Ecovillage

Tanzania

The concept

The Igunga Ecovillage works to increase the resilience to climate change of vulnerable farming communities in Tanzania

Countries:

Tanzania

Theme:

Recharge retention and reuse (3R), Water resources management

Duration:

2015 - 2019

Total value:

€598,932

Investors so far:

Tanzanian Ministry of Finance, Heifer Nederland, Aqua for All

Program Partners:

Heifer Nederland, Heifer Tanzania, Igunga District Council, ICIPE Kenya, Aqua for All

Increasing resilience to climate change

In the Inguga district of Tanzania, over 85% of the area relies on smallholder farming and agriculture as their main livelihoods and 45% of the population lives below the poverty line. This area has been affected by climate change causing erratic and insufficient rainfall, loss of natural resources (water and wood) and increased incidence of pests and diseases. These changes have resulted in a loss of productivity for agricultural and livestock activities.

The Igunga Ecovillage was a pilot initiative to increase the resilience of some of these communities by reducing poverty and increasing climate change adaptation.

Interventions focused on four thematic areas: social capital, agriculture and animal husbandry, water (WASH) and renewable energy and forestry. The Ecovillage also sought to improve understanding of climate change resilience strategies among key stakeholders at local, district, national and international levels.

Aqua for All and its partners Acacia Water, MetaMeta and Rain worked together on the water component of this initiative using the innovative 3R (retention, recharge and reuse) approach. This approach offers effective and sustainable solutions to recharge, retain and reuse water sources leading to a higher availability of groundwater.