East African Community’s member states are among 197parties which signed the Paris Agreement in New York, US, paving the way for the global pact to enter into force. The Paris agreement sets a goal of limiting global warming by capping temperature rise to 2oC while aiming at a target of 1.5oC. Part of the effort include parties to pursue domestic mitigation measures with the aim of achieving the objectives of the convention.
The CSOs in the East Africa are contributing to the implementation of Paris Agreement through the project named Promoting Implementation of Paris Agreement in East Africa with Focus on Pro-Poor Low Emission Development (PIPA). Objective of the project is to contribute to strengthen the pro-poor focus and climate change ambitions in the implementation of the Paris Agreement in East Africa. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to strengthen the pro-poor focus and climate change ambitions in the implementation of the Paris Agreement in East Africa. The project has potential to contribute to higher awareness on the benefit of low emission investments, development of more ambitious NDCs and LEDSs, and contribute to more constructive national positions at climate negotiations and other international fora.This project is implemented in partnership with Sustainable Energy (SE) of Denmark, International Network for Sustainable Energy (INFORSE), Tanzania Traditional Energy Development Organization (TaTEDO), Sustainable Environmental Development Watch Kenya (SusWatch Kenya) and Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development (UCSD) through the project called.
On March 7th 2017, the PIPA project was launched in Tanzania through the national inception workshop held at TaTEDO, SEDC Conference Hall, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. A total of 23 participants from the Mass Media, Private Sector, Government, Academic Institutions, Youth and Women Groups attended the workshop. The workshop aimed to fulfill objectives of introducing the PIPA project to the partners/coalition members to buy in the idea and to assess partner’s needs for capacity building to be able to participate in implementation of the PIPA project.
The workshop provided an opportunity to discuss on status of implementation of Paris Agreement at national and international level.A number of issues were raised and discussed including:-
, stakeholders wanted to know Tanzania status on ratification as more than 133 out of 197 parties have ratified the Paris Agreement,
It was noted that so far there was no national entity accredited for Green Climate Fund, stakeholders felt that it is a lost opportunity for the country.
There is low adoption of Paris Agreement and low mainstreaming of emission development solutions in the national development plans, policies, strategies, etc.
Accuracy on data for GHGs emission is debatable. the country is lacking up-to-date data for GHG emissions; there is a need to work out on this issue.
Stakeholders in addition, argued on low awareness of Paris Agreement/low emission development solutions at all levels; there is a need to promote the agreement.
Stakeholders agreed on how to engage to the process to ensure their views and recommendations are heard and incorporated in the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and the Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) of Tanzania. As a way forward, stakeholder were called upon to improve knowledge on Paris agreement/low emission development through existing online information to bring a meaningful participation in implementation of the PIPA project and enable them to explore associated opportunities including thinking of developing a joint proposal for resource mobilization from potential sources of climate finances.