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MEDIA RELEASE

28 March 2015
3 Tanzanian cities take part in pilot Earth Hour City Challenge project to go
beyond the Earth Hour
WWF Tanzania and ICLEI Africa recently partnered with the municipal councils in
Arusha, Moshi and Dar es Salaam to run a pilot version of the Earth Hour City
Challenge (EHCC) for 2014 – 2015.
The EHCC is a global competition in which cities from around the world submit
inspiring and credible urban development plans that will make a city greener,
cleaner and improve living standards for residents. As cities without concrete
climate commitments cannot take part in the competition formally – Tanzanian
cities took part in a pilot version to baseline current activities and plan for their
future involvement.
In October 2014, a two day interactive strategic review workshop was held in
each city in which ICLEI Africa supported the participating cities to report their
sustainability related initiatives through the global reporting platform, the
carbonn Climate Registry (cCR). Representatives from across the municipal
departments came together to stocktake what was already happening in their
city to respond to climate change, or to improve lives through energy access or
efficiency projects. One of the greatest benefits of reporting to the cCR is that it
supports breaking down the silos of government and encourages cross-sector
collaboration and understanding.
By December 2014, the 3 cities had jointly reported more than 15 actions to join
over 500 cities reporting to the cCR. These actions reflect a great variety of
themes, including sustainable cookstoves, waste management efforts and
greening/tree planting programmes.
Facilitator of the workshops and co-ordinator of the Tanzanian pilot project from
ICLEI – Africa Steven Bland, said: “We learnt a lot from the Tanzanian cities
taking part in this pilot. Emissions reductions are clearly not the main policy
driver in Tanzania – but the country stands to gain a lot from taking a prosustainability approach to development. We look forward to working with these
cities in the future to help them take those steps.”
Co-facilitator of the workshop and EHCC Programme coordinator in WWF
Tanzania Dr Teresia Olemako, said: “Population growth in Dar es salaam city is
alarming! Limited resources to provide services such as energy, water, transport
and waste management is blocking current efforts to promote quality livelihoods
and human well-being. Partnership from key stakeholders to establish
sustainable framework for interventions in the cities is urgently needed”.

The pilot demonstrated that Tanzanian cities are just starting out on a journey to
incorporate more sustainable development practices into city planning. While
emissions in Tanzania are currently low, doing development differently provides
an opportunity to leapfrog the mistakes of other countries and secure financing
in a carbon-constrained world. The upcoming process to review city master plans
in many Tanzanian cities is an opportunity to explicitly review plans and policies
according to sustainability principles and package resource efficiency projects
that can attract investments from national and international organisations.
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Editor’s Notes:
About ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability - Africa
ICLEI is the world´s leading association of cities and local governments dedicated to
sustainable development. ICLEI is a powerful movement of 12 mega-cities, 100 supercities, 450 large cities and urban regions as well as 450 small and medium-sized cities
and towns in 83 countries. ICLEI promotes local action for global sustainability and
supports cities to become sustainable, resilient, resource-efficient, biodiverse, lowcarbon; to build a smart infrastructure; and to develop an inclusive, green urban economy
with the ultimate aim to achieve healthy and happy communities.
The ICLEI Africa Secretariat is the African regional office for ICLEI and based in Cape
Town in South Africa. ICLEI Africa collaborates closely with the global ICLEI network and
other regional offices around the world, in sharing tools, materials and strategies and
good practices specifically designed and implemented at the local level.
See www.iclei.org/africa for more information. Follow us on twitter @ICLEI-Africa
About WWF. WWF stands for the World Wide Fund for Nature.
WWF is one of the world's largest and most respected independent conservation
organisations, with almost five million supporters and a global network active in over 100
countries. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the earth's natural environment
and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the
world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is
sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.
See www.wwf.org.za for more information.
Contacts
Dr. Teresia R Olemako, PhD, WWF Tanzania
Extractives and Renewable Energy Programme Coordinator
Tel: +255 2775346
Email: tolemako@wwftz.org
Steven Bland, ICLEI Africa
Project Manager: Urban Low Emission Development Strategies
steven.bland@iclei.org
+27 21 2020 398