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Pemba ยป Adaptation

How can communities adapt to climate change and still make a living in the process?

Communities around the world need to adapt to climate change. Global warming is responsible for 300,000 deaths and billions of dollars in damages a year. It’s pretty clear that widespread change is needed, particularly in countries that are already fighting against the challenges of poverty and inadequate healthcare. As sea levels rise, small islands like Pemba are particularly vulnerable. How can Pembans adapt and prosper when all the odds are stacked against them?

Over the past few years, Community Forests International has been taking dreams seriously. Pembans want to grow food, plant trees, harvest rain, produce solar energy, cook efficiently and build sustainable housing. In order to empower communities to meet their own goals, Community Forests International has supported a host of innovative pilot projects that explore how sustainable technologies can be used to conserve the environment while providing incomes. If individuals and their families cannot earn their living through low-carbon, low-cost solutions, we can’t ever expect to create the scale of widespread change our planet needs.

With support through the EU Commission, the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) and the Ministry of Finance, Tanzania Community Forests International has piloted:

  • Tree planting
  • Agroforestry
  • Solar energy
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Kitchen gardens
  • Earth blocks
  • Efficient cook-stoves
  • Charcoal substitutes
  • Beekeeping

Deputy National Authoriing Officer for the EDF, Samuel N. Marwa has said, "the Ministry of Finance is very please to support CFI's climate change adaption programming and believes that the program can make real change within Pemba and Tanzania."

Now that the organization has worked with communities to innovate so many traditional practices, how can communities share their innovations with the world?