WHO WE ARE
CAN Tanzania is a non-governmental and non-profit organization established in 2011 with its headquarters in Dar es Salaam and sub-office in Stone Town Zanzibar. Led by Dr. Sixbert Mwanga, its establishment has been a critical step towards empowering Tanzanians to become aware of climate change sciences and related impacts on their environment. Importantly, the establishment of CAN Tanzania was hinged on a vision of developing a networking structure that would be able to reach a wider community in the country and offer a platform for voices unheard.
The overall objective
is to inform, mobilize, advocate and empower the Tanzanian community to
collectively raise the national voice in the international climate change
debate and take smarter actions to reduce dangerous activities that lead to
harmful impacts triggered by climate change.
Today, the organization
works with more than 30 Civil Society Organizations across the country and its
long-term goal is to empower more communities to take appropriate actions and
to adapt to situations under the changing climate through knowledge generation
and sharing as well as raising awareness and setting up model projects, which
demonstrate how climate change challenges can be addressed across levels and
scales to meet the national development goals.
establishment, CAN Tanzania has grown and adapted to the changing contexts both
at the national and international levels. Throughout this development and
transformation, the organization has faced a number of periods of challenges.
However, over the past years CAN Tanzania, with significant support from Bread
for the World, has made progress in reforming its objectives and structure to
ensure that it can better overcome some of its ongoing challenges as well as
being prepared to face new obstacles in the future.
The approach we choose
for the realization of our activity implementation does not only consider a
national perspective on climate change debates, but rather covers a broader
spectrum from the local, and national to the international horizon. This is a
result of the experience gained through working with local authorities which
has demonstrated relevance in strengthening as well as broadening its
operations to enable CAN Tanzania to achieve more in its current and future
The expansion of this
approach works in line with the organization’s new emphasis to work more
practically on the ground through the implementation of model projects such as
CLRC. This will be supported by an increased emphasis on conducting research and
policy analyses which will enable CAN Tanzania to fulfill its long-term vision
of becoming the leading climate change ‘think and do tank’. It will also enable
CAN Tanzania to meet the growing need from civil society organizations, local
government and the general public for more up-to-date, country-specific climate
change information, advice and initiatives
A powerful and inclusive think-and-do tank that ensures a climate-resilient and sustainable ecosystem that is thriving now and into the future.
Grow and strengthen a transformational national network of actors that actively collaborates to protect, manage, and restore ecosystem health, promote environmental stewardship, act on climate change, and support the wise use of natural resources for the benefit of citizens and the ecosystems.