Joanna Pardoe, a Research Officer at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics, will be the speaker for this seminar. A full abstract is below:

Abstract: Perceptions of abundant, untapped, water and land resources have driven policies that promote the expansion of both agriculture and hydropower in Tanzania. However, as climate regimes appear to be changing, Tanzania has begun to experience problems with hydropower production, raising concerns that water resources may also struggle to meet the demands of planned agricultural expansion.

This paper examines how the policies that guide investment decisions and planning in water, energy, and agriculture in Tanzania are evolving to account for climate change. Through document analysis, the paper demonstrates shifts across the three sectors and highlights the role that the National Adaptation Plan of Action (NAPA) has played in promoting climate change integration among each of the sectors. Yet, the paper also reveals challenges regarding crucial cross-sectoral coordination.

Through a series of interviews with key informants across the three sectors and beyond, coordination and collaboration to achieve adaptation plans has been found to be particularly limited. The interviews have shed light on a range of barriers to coordination, particularly highlighting the role of institutional structures, resources and power imbalances. Whilst progress is being made, addressing these remaining barriers will be essential to ensure that the adaptation strategies central to the NAPA (and, consequently, also sectoral policies) are achieved. This paper concludes by highlighting entry points to improve cross-sectoral collaboration and to enhance the integration of climate change in infrastructure development and planning going forward.

This seminar is open to all LSE staff and students. If you are from outside the LSE and would like to attend, please email to register for a place.

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