A reconnaissance mission to Dar es Salaam took place in order to better understand the issues and needs around rivers and other urban natural assets so that project activities could be best aligned.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
FACTS & FIGURES
- Current population is 4.4 million with an estimated annual growth rate of 6.5%
- The urban population is expected to increase by 61.5 million between 2010 and 2050.
- The main rivers in Dar es Salaam are Mpiji, Msimbazi, Kizinga and Mzinga
- Poor solid waste management, inadequate sewerage and stormwater drainage, and urban expansion are the main contributors to river degradation
- Many residents are located within flood plains and therefore flooding is a frequent problem
Presenting to the Master Plan Committee: ICLEI Africa aimed to influence the Master Planning process through presenting recommendations for city planning to the Master Plan committee. This included linking the committee to important stakeholders identified and providing much needed information on the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem services so that natural assets are more greatly considered and integrated into city development.
Natural asset desktop study: A desktop study was initiated to compile existing and available natural asset data into a single database. The research included a preliminary analysis of the current state of natural assets identified in Dar es Salaam. The information gathered will feed into the master planning process, while the GIS data is also available for future use and dissemination. A coordination matrix which identifies stakeholders in the city has also been produced as part of this process.
Partnership building: Important partnerships were developed to ensure all river rehabilitation work going forward is aligned.
Coordination platform: In collaboration with ICLEI’s INETERACT-BIO project, UNA Rivers is currently developing a coordination platform which aims to house information on all organisations in Dar es Salaam that are currently undertaking work around natural assets. This platform will serve the purpose of coordinating all the information to a central point and thereby preventing duplication and repetition of efforts while increasing coordination between projects and stakeholders.
Capacity building of the Master Plan Committee: The Master Plan Committee will be provided with training around the natural asset maps developed in 2016.
On the ground activation: A plan for a small on the ground activation project is being finalised and will commence in the following months. The project will be completed by the end of the year and aims to make a transformational difference on the ground.