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Water Resource Mapping in Tanzania


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Herry Kasunga from Crowd2Map and Hope for Girls and Women Tanzania outlines the methods used in this project involving digital champions in villages in Serengeti, Mara. Given as a lightning talk at HOTOSM Conference in December 2020.

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Water Resource Mapping in Tanzania

  1. 1. Water Source mapping in Tanzania Herry Kasunga
  2. 2. Water in Tanzania- The Challenge  Majority of Tanzanians dependent on rain water for livelihoods, household water, sanitation  Estimated 40% water sources degraded / non functional after 5 years  Climate change threatens uncertainty and a range of unclear risks  Drought and average temperature rises are likely  Intense flooding events with damage to infrastructure and livelihoods  Water a key aspect of “climate resilience” for most Tanzanians
  3. 3. Water in Tanzania – Opportunities  Communities have in-depth knowledge of their context, local challenges and good governance  Traditional approaches to management can manage access to resources effectively when given freedom to do so
  4. 4. Site Visits to selected water sources  Functionality... How well are these water sources working  Are the water sources protected from climate impacts  Are the water sources building the resilience of local people 3. Workshop with local water stakeholders to explore success factors and challenges to functionality, resilience and livelihoods
  5. 5. Participatory Digital Resource Mapping Enables community members to share their knowledge of local resources on a map that can be used by govt. to support planning  Creates a narrative and map of how people access, control and use water in practice, picking out customary and informal processes and institutions  Identify differences between domestic vs productive governance and use
  6. 6. Participatory Mapping in Mara Training  Setco Youthmappers  Digital champions in 87 Serengeti villages  Wider online group on how to map water sources and planning for climate change resilience.
  7. 7. Next Steps  Climate Hazard Planning  Floods  Drought  Better weather predictions to help planting decisions
  8. 8. For more information:  
  9. 9. Contact GIS specialist. Name: Herry Kasunga Email address Phone number: +25567656660