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The communities we work with throughout Tanzania’s Zanzibar islands are innovating climate solutions that are increasingly needed by millions of people around the world. Together with Community Forests Pemba, we are building new ways of achieving equitable climate and community resilience.
Our work in Zanzibar is built on relationships of trust and respect, and the understanding that Community Forests Pemba and the community members we serve are the experts. Our role is to support and uplift this work, channelling resources to those on the ground closest to the communities we aim to support.
We prioritise a community-led and community-centred approach and seek to actively listen and support community needs. The most impactful climate solutions come from the vast wealth of local knowledge, lived experience with the impacts of climate change, and community members’ expertise.
Mangrove forests are crucial resources for maintaining the livelihoods of fishing communities. We are working with our team in Zanzibar to reforest these critical coast forests for climate resilience and livelihood opportunities.
Spice agroforestry promotes forest regeneration alongside the production of high-value spice crops, concurrently storing carbon and reversing trends of deforestation, soil depletion, and economic decline.
Women in Zanzibar are now producing food directly outside of their homes. These intensive kitchen gardens provide families with an immediate source of nutritious crops for household consumption and to sell at markets, supporting women’s economic empowerment and equality.
Climate change impacts all of us, but not all of us equally. That’s why we design projects that specifically benefit women and work under a mandate to ensure that more than 50% of project beneficiaries in Zanzibar are women.
Climate change does not speak, but it’s coming. It never speaks, but you will see the changes from it. Here in Tanzania you will find all the different signs.
– Mbarouk Mussa Omar, Executive Director, Community Forests Pemba
Communities in Zanzibar are facing unique and disproportionate impacts of climate change while being among the least responsible for its causes. Climate justice means channelling resources from wealthy nations to those most impacted. At Community Forests International, we leverage our privileges as a Canadian charitable organization to overcome and dismantle barriers faced by our sister organization, Community Forests Pemba and equitable access to resources, power, and platforms needed to overcome the climate crisis.
The communities we work with in Zanzibar are some of the most vulnerable in the world. Your support helps local communities adapt and prosper in a changing climate.
Our local team works to increase the adaptive capacity of at-risk communities in the Zanzibar Archipelago. Here's a look at what has been accomplished:
Improving the climate resilience of vulnerable communities
Increasing food security and promoting gender equality.
Spice production that is better for the farmers and the climate.
Restoring critical coastal mangrove ecosystems.