Tz stake­hold­ers get brief on Dar sta­tus

East African Business Week - - NEWS - BY TI­MOTHY KITUNDU

DAR ES SALAAM, TAN­ZA­NIA- More than 200 mu­nic­i­pal au­thor­i­ties, com­mu­nity lead­ers, disas­ter and plan­ning ex­perts as well as univer­sity stu­dents gath­ered last week in Dar es Salaam to share ex­pe­ri­ences and lessons learned in prepa­ra­tion for the scal­ing up of Ra­mani Huria, the on­go­ing com­mu­nity map­ping for flood re­silience pro­ject.

Over, the past two years, Ra­mani Huria – for­mal con­sor­tia com­posed of Dar es Salaam City Coun­cil, Buni In­no­va­tion Hub, D-lab, the Univer­sity of Dar es Salaam, Ardhi Univer­sity sup­ported by Hu­man­i­tar­ian OpenStreetmap Team, the Red Cross and the World Bank – has worked with lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to im­ple­ment a map­ping ex­er­cise.

Ac­cord­ing to the World Bank Tan­za­nia of­fice, the ex­er­cise will use cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing Global Po­si­tion­ing Sys­tem (GPS) and Un­manned Aerial Ve­hi­cles or drones to plot the ge­o­graphic lo­ca­tions of roads, streams, flood­plains, and other rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion in­clud­ing vi­tal data re­lated to af­fected res­i­dents.

It is fur­ther re­vealed that the in­for­ma­tion gen­er­ated thus far cap­tured for 21 Wards in the most flood prone ar­eas in Dar es Salaam, cov­er­ing a com­bined pop­u­la­tion of 1.3 mil­lion peo­ple is fed into pub­licly ac­ces­si­ble tools in­clud­ing Openstreetmap and INASAFE with the goal of equip­ping com­mu­ni­ties with bet­ter disas­ter plan­ning and man­age­ment.

As part of the pro­ject, univer­sity stu­dents and com­mu­nity mem­bers have been trained to cre­ate so­phis­ti­cated and highly ac­cu­rate maps of their lo­cal­i­ties which can be used to co­or­di­nate disas­ter pre­ven­tion and re­sponse in th­ese ar­eas who in­for­mal sta­tus has meant they have hith­erto been ex­cluded from of­fi­cial maps.

The pro­ject has suc­cess­fully in­creased aware­ness within lo­cal au­thor­i­ties of the need for bet­ter flood pre­ven­tion and risk re­duc­tion while also en­dow­ing lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­bers with the knowl­edge and skills to con­trib­ute to the plan­ning of their ar­eas.

Osiligi Los­sai, Ward Of­fi­cer for Tan­dale, one of the un­planned suburbs of Dar es Salaam said that now as maps are avail­able, and a map is some­thing im­por­tant to start with, they can now iden­tify dif­fer­ent ar­eas to re­struc­ture and im­prove.

“It is a roadmap for us to set up new plans, to or­ga­nize our­selves while in­volv­ing the com­mu­nity. And the com­mu­nity can have a sense of own­er­ship over our new plan for de­vel­op­ment.

“Let’s not end here, be­cause this is just the be­gin­ning,” Los­sai said.

The two day work­shop aimed to as­sess the ca­pac­i­ties that have been built and fea­tured speak­ers from the com­mu­ni­ties af­fected by the pro­ject as well as ex­perts and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

Most of th­ese prod­ucts The pro­ject has suc­cess­fully raised aware­ness within lo­cal com­mu­ni­ti­ies

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