Training workshop clarifies the link between climate and livelihoods

The Global Water Initiative recently organized a workshop on CRiSTAL (Community-based Risk Screening - Adaptation and Livelihoods) for its implementing partners in Tanzania. The three-day CRiSTAL workshop, held in Same District of Kilimanjaro Region, was facilitated by IUCN’s Regional Climate Change Coordinator Excellent Hachileka and drew 18 participants from Tanzania’s central and local government agencies and NGOs.

Members of Ruvu community in the Pangani River Basin and participants during a field visit

CRiSTAL enables project planners and managers to understand the links between livelihoods and climate; assess a project's impact on livelihood resources important for climate adaptation; and devise adjustments to improve a project's impact on key livelihood resources.

It was jointly developed by IUCN, IISD, SEI-US and is designed to provide a basis for community and project-based decision-making so that adaptation opportunities can be maximised, and mal-adaptation minimized.

The Global Water Initiative focuses on developing partnerships among key organizations in three geographic clusters: Eastern Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda), Western Africa (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Niger, and Senegal) and Central America (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua). Organizations currently involved in the initiative are Action against Hunger, CARE, Catholic Relief Services, IIED, IUCN, Oxfam America and SOS-Sahel. IUCN is working with partners in Tanzania to implement the initiative’s activities concentrated mainly in the Pangani River Basin.

The participants also discussed the need to communicate climate change-related issues with a view to influencing decisions and actions towards addressing it, since it is the result of human behaviour.

Most participants termed the workshop a success. “CRiSTAL is very useful in terms of ensuring greater impact of our projects. In addition to enabling one to find locally appropriate interventions, it provides an opportunity for adjustment to take into account new developments, especially those associated with climate change,” said Harold Msanya of the Catholic Relief Services based in Arusha.

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