Tanzania

World Environment Day: Spotlight on Youth for Green Growth

5th June 2017

To mark this year’s World Environment Day we put a spotlight on the Youth for Green Growth initiative, which aims to create an enabling environment for youth-led action that promotes and advances the Green Growth and Sustainable Development agendas in Tanzania. World Environment Day is the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries. It is the ‘people’s day’ for doing something to take care of the Earth or become an agent of change. (www.worldenvironmentday.global)

Words by Marie. Photos by Harry.

What is Green Growth?
The World Bank defines it as growth that is efficient in its use of natural resources, clean in that it minimises pollution and environmental impacts, and resilient in that it accounts for natural hazards. GGGI (Global Green Growth Institute) also defines green growth as the new revolutionary development paradigm that sustains economic growth whilst at the same time ensuring climatic and environmental sustainability.

Youth for Green Growth – Tanzania
Funded by the OAK Foundation the Youth for Green Growth project supports youth-led social and environmental action and advocacy in Tanzania that promotes and advances the green growth agenda and contributes to the achievement of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. The project provides training and experiential learning opportunities, as well as supporting organisational strengthening of two youth-led societies to enable young Tanzanian women and men to address social and environmental developmental issues at grass root and national levels.

Youth for Green Growth event, Dodoma
Youth for Green Growth event, Dodoma

The project provides an increased number of placements on our Expedition programme, so that more Tanzanian youth receive training and experiential learning opportunities. This year’s spring expedition that finished in April saw a total of 14 venturers and 3 volunteer managers from all across Tanzania being funded by the foundation. As part of the expedition they all spent time in Ihanu village in the Iringa region of Tanzania where they worked with project partner Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG) to build a tree nursery and plant over 150,000 tree seedlings. The project was successfully handed over to the environmental committee in the village who will care for the tree nursery for the next six months until the seedlings are mature enough to be planted in the village’s 200-acre tree farm. Once planted in the ground, the trees will then need to be looked after before being harvested in 10 to 15 years.

Raleigh 17D expedition and children from the local primary school planting trees in Isipi
Raleigh 17D expedition and children from the local primary school planting trees in Igoda village

The project gave both the Tanzanian and International volunteers first-hand knowledge and experience of environmental issues that face communities in Tanzania every day and ways in which the impacts can be minimised. All of this knowledge was then shared with the young people and wider community of Ihanu through awareness raising sessions in the school and during community action days in the village. Whilst in Ihanu the team also successfully engaged with District and Village officials to share knowledge and also gain their support for the project.
This provides a foundation for the wider Youth for Green Growth agenda as one of the four outcomes is the improved ability of youth to engage with decision makers and contribute to decision making on sustainable development and play a role in influencing the green growth agenda. So far two conferences have taken place, one in Dar es Salaam, and one in Dodoma, where youth have had the opportunity to engage with decision makers in government, and from the public and private sectors, on the subject of green growth policy and sustainable resource management.

Raleigh staff, alumni and government officials at the recent Youth for Green Growth event in Dodoma
Raleigh staff, alumni and government officials at the recent Youth for Green Growth event in Dodoma

The Youth for Green Growth programme supports youth-led initiatives that promotes environmental action not just in Tanzania but globally encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment.

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