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Taking Action for a Sustainable Tanzania

November 11, 2021


The latest Africa’s Pulse shows the costs of climate change in the Sub-Saharan Africa region are significant, despite the region being the lowest contributor to global carbon emissions. In Tanzania too, as in many parts of the region, the poor and rural populations are particularly vulnerable to drought and flood impacts due to the heavy reliance on rain-fed sectors such as agriculture, livestock, and fisheries.

The World Bank is supporting Tanzania’s efforts to address climate-related challenges through some important initiatives. For example, the Resilient Natural Resources Management for Tourism and Growth (REGROW) Project supports Tanzania to enhance access to improved economic opportunities to enhance livelihoods, reduce vulnerability to climate shocks, and reduce pressure on natural resources, while the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Governance Project has helped eliminate the destructive dynamite/blast fishing practices in Tanzanian coastal waters through effective monitoring, control, and surveillance.

Addressing climate change requires bold actions and massive investments across key economic sectors. Financing adaptation is still more cost-effective than frequent disaster relief. This event features a group of young, enterprising Tanzanians who will share their thoughts and experiences on how they have leveraged their voices and networks to bring important adaptation agendas in the country to the table and inspire actions from stakeholders.

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    Mara K. Warwick

    World Bank Country Director for Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

    Trained as an environmental engineer, Ms. Warwick has over 20 years of development experience in China, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and Mongolia, with her most recent assignment as Country Director for Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand in the East Asia and Pacific region. Ms. Warwick has expertise in flood management, urban development, urban environmental services, and disaster risk management. The Tanzania portfolio she manages has a total of 26 projects, with 19 of them national and seven regional. The total committed financing amounts to $5.03b (national: $4.09 and regional: $0.94b). She leads the World Bank analytics and advisory services for Tanzania – including technical assistance – to support poverty reduction and promote shared prosperity.

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    Ghaamid Abdulbasat


    Ghaamid Abdulbasat is a passionate environmentalist and an award-winning young environmentalist from Tanzania with a B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences and Management from Sokoine University of Agriculture. He is a National Geographic Young Explorer and a Global High Seas Alliance Youth Ambassador. He represented his country in international environment coalitions such as Youth4Nature and YouthMappers. Ghaamid is a trained Young Researcher on ecohydrology under the UNESCO Chair on Ecohydrology and Transboundary Water Management in Tanzania, providing nature-based and biotechnological solutions on water systems. He leads Global Youth Biodiversity in Tanzania, an organization that works on ensuring that youth spaces are considered in the National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs. More from Ghaamid: Want to protect the planet? Start at home


    Liberatha Kawamala

    CEO LibeInnovation

    Liberatha Kawamala was recently recognized among the Top 100 Young African Conservation Leaders (an initiative of African Wildlife Foundation, WWF, YMCA Africa Alliance, and Scouts). She is also among the pioneer recipients of the World Women Vision Awards launched this year courtesy of the World Women Conference and Awards (WWCA). Her organization, Libe Green Innovation, which she started in 2018, is a social enterprise business that focuses on elevating young voices in conservation. She advocates sustainability, environmental awareness and education, and the circular economy through waste plastic collection, segregation, reuse, and recycling. Libe Green Innovation has created jobs and empowered young conservationists.


  • Place: Online
  • Date: Thursday, November 11, 2021
  • Time: 11am Tanzania time / 3am ET