Tanzania is the pilot country representing Africa for the “Institutional Strengthening of Education for Sustainable Consumption (ESC) - Advancing ESC Policy and Implementation Strategies” project. Tanzania is in Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia. Tanzania has a population of 43,601,796 (July 2012 est.), of which 26 per cent live in urban centres. About 69.4 per cent of Tanzanians age 15 and over can read and write Kiswahili, English, or Arabic. Tanzania, home to Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain and one of the two mountains in Africa that have glaciers, is bordered by three of the largest lakes on the continent: Lake Victoria (the world's second-largest freshwater lake by surface area), Lake Tanganyika (the world's second deepest lake) and Lake Nyasa. Tanzania is faced with numerous environmental challenges such as land degradation, wild fire, deforestation and desertification, unsustainable fishing practices that lead to the destruction of coral reefs which threaten marine habitats, recent droughts and wildlife threatened by illegal hunting and trade, especially for ivory.

The project’s duration in Tanzania is October 2011 to April 2013. The local implementing partner is the National Environment Management Council (NEMC). The project is implemented by NEMC, with the UNEP’s support, guidance and technical assistance, and the involvement of other key partners such as the Partnership for Education and Research about Responsible Living (PERL). Various Tanzanian government ministries are actively involved in the project’s development, including the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training and some teaching institutions as well as the Vice President’s Office – Division of Environment.

Project progress

  1. The Review and Analysis of existing national policy frameworks and initiatives in Tanzania relevant to ESC, sustainable development, sustainable consumption and production and education strategies/plans was completed in April 2012. This document is available in English.
  2. The multi-stakeholder national roundtable discussion with policy-makers and education experts, and other stakeholders, to develop best approaches and tools for ESC, took place on 2-3 February 2012, in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania, bringing together relevant ministries (e.g. environment, education), education experts and civil society to discuss how to adapt Here and Now! ESC Recommendations and Guidelines to national contexts, priorities and needs. The report of the meeting is available in English. Click here for pictures of the meeting.
  3. The development and dissemination of national guidelines and recommendations on ESC takes place following the multi-stakeholder national roundtable discussion. The development guidelines and recommendations on ESC for Tanzania will be finalized and circulated by November 2012. It will be available online by end-November 2012.
  4. Monitoring and Evaluation will take place between October 2012 and April 2013. The results of the survey as well as the lessons learned will be available online by May 2013.

For more information on the project, please contact:
Mr. Carlos Mbuta, NEMC: carlosfmbuta@gmail.com
Mr. Vedast Makota, NEMC: makota65@yahoo.com