BY BEATRICE PHILEMON
A Total of 20 researchers from eight countries in the world are in Tanzania for seven days to discuss issues pertaining to climate change, conduct research and assess the vulnerability of urban structures and lifelines in Dar es Salaam.
From this they would develop a new methodology to be used to adopt and mitigate the impact of climate change in the country’s leading commercial city as well as other cities.
The participating countries are German, Denmark, South Africa, Senegal, UK, Ethiopia, Cameroon and Italy.
Acting Director Post graduate Studies, Research and Publications at Ardhi University Dr Riziki Shemkunde, revealed this on Friday at the International Workshop on Climate Change and Urban Vulnerability organised by the university.
“These researchers are in Tanzania to help us to do research in urban areas because many places in Dar es Salaam have been affected by induced hazards, floods, sea level rise, drought and land slide.
He said that climate change has caused coastal erosion, emigration, poverty in some families, cyclones, while temperatures are also on the increase in the city, according to the researchers.
Dr Shemkunde also said that the researchers are in Tanzania to share ideas with their counterparts on how they could work together in terms of research and develop methods and knowledge to mitigate the impact of climate change in five African cities including Dar es Salaam, Douala, Port Louis, Ouagadougou, and Addis-Ababa.
Last week, the researchers conducted a visit at Msasani-Bonde la Mpunga and Magomeni Suna, at beach areas affected by sea erosion as they began to work on methodological model to be adopted to mitigate induced impacts of climate change.
Currently a research on social vulnerability to climate change-case study is being conducted at Bonde la Mpunga and Magomeni Suna.
Julius Ningu, who is Director of Environment, Vice President Office said that vulnerability of African cities is influenced, not only by changing biophysical conditions, but also by the social, economic, political, institutional and technological deficiencies.
He was speaking on behalf of Deputy Minister, Vice President Office, Charles Kitwanga.