COSTECH participated in the Local Climate Solutions for Africa (LOCS) 2013 Congress at Kunduchi Beach Hotel Dar es Salaam. A two day Congress which started from 30th October 2013 to 1 November 2013 is hosted by the City of Dar es Salaam in partnership with ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability –Africa. The interlinked Congress themes will include a strong emphasis on Local leadership, Financing and accelerating integrated action at the local and sub national level, underpinned by a special focus on the water –food energy nexus as pivotal pillars towards climate resilience in Africa.

Vise President of the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal(first right) arrives at Kunduchi Beach Hotel Dar es Salaam today to attend the Local Climate Solutions For Africa(LOCS)2013 Congress .With him are the Minister of State in the PM’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government Honorable Hawa Ghasia,Dar es salaam City Council Mayor ,Dr Didas Masaburi and and other Government officials.

The Vise President was the Guest of Honour who officiated the Congress.In his speech,Vise President insisted on the need to consider Local Climate Solutions for Africa.Quoting the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon,the Vise President said Climate Change affects us all but does not affect us equally. He therefore called on all Africans to take part in the Mobilization of financial, Technical and technological capacity and resources for Innovative Infrastructure development and green urban growth.

Katavi Regional Commissioner Dr Rajabu Rutengwe signs visitor’s book after paying visit to the COSTECH booth. COSTECH used the Local Climate Solutions for Africa (LOCS) 2013 Congress to exhibit its different activities under the Directorate of Life Sciences which also works closely with the TANBIF

 Godfrey Oyema from TANBIF demonstrates how Researchers from COSTECH prepared the distribution of Biodiversity Occurance data in Tanzania

A participant of the Local Climate Solutions For Africa(LOCS)2013 Congress reads a Checklist Book of Tanzania species version 1 of 2012 prepared by Hulda Gideon,Philbert Ninyondi and Godfrey Oyema from TANBIF.

TANBIF is an acronym of Tanzania Biodiversity Information Facility. It is an extensive, decentralized system of national biodiversity information units that intends to provide free and universal access to data and information regarding Tanzania biodiversity. It is a national node of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). TanBIF was the main aspiration of the GBIF Capacity Enhancement Programme for Developing Countries (CEPDEC) Pilot Project in Tanzania.