The role of rural-urban linkages for enhanced climate resilience in rural Tanzania (RUL4CLI)


Start date: 1 April, 2022 End date: 31 March, 2027 Project type: Research projects in countries with extended development cooperation (earlier Window 1) Project code: 21-03-KU Countries: Tanzania Thematic areas: Climate change, Gender equality, Urban development, Lead institution: University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark Partner institutions: University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), Tanzania Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), United Kingdom Project website: go to website (the site might be inactive) Project coordinator: Torben Birch-Thomsen Total grant: 11,953,006 DKK

Project summary

The research project aims to deliver a comprehensive and multidisciplinary effort to increase climate resilience of rural communities in Tanzania. A deeper understanding of opportunities and barriers for current and potential climate change adaptation (CCA) practices in different rural settings will support sustainable development in Tanzania. The project will be innovative through its analysis of the influence of small towns and urban service centers on rural communities and how differences in CCA and climate resilience in rural Tanzania relates to urban access, general geography and demographic diversity. It will illustrate how CCA initiatives can become accessible to different socioeconomic groups, in particular disadvantaged groups, and analyze and suggest how to align climate change policies at different administrative levels to improve implementation effectiveness. Furthermore, with a focus on the decision making process at individual and household level, the project adds vital new knowledge about environmental, social and economic constraints, that will improve climate change planning and implementation capacity in Tanzania.


First year report
The overall objective of the project remains to support sustainable rural development by increasing our understanding of the interconnections between rural-urban linkages, climate resilience of rural communities, their choice of climate change adaptation response and the implications for climate change policy formulation and implementation.

The main outputs achieved in 2022 relate to the initial phase. They include launch of the project (documented by report) and hiring of three PhD students and one Post doc. All three partners in the project contributed to the activities in this phase.

Joint activities include conducting a scoping mission to identify candidate study regions in April and May 2022. A pilot study was undertaken in August 2022 to identify study villages within the 2 selected study regions. Project participants from University of Copenhagen and University of Dar es Salaam participated in the pilot study in Itigi and Mbulu District council.

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