Low Carbon Development (LCD) is a concept that embraces the challenge to reduce carbon emissions while advancing socially and economically. It is a way of conceptualizing the objective of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which aims to stabilize concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, while allowing developing countries to proceed in a sustainable manner (UNFCCC 1992). For more impacts LCD initiatives should be a work in progress national debate, requires high-level support and leadership, should define process and stakeholders involved, create a committee, constant stakeholder involvement and Sectoral debates, but not in silos. Ideally, LCD provides a vision for future development, directing financial flows, as well as providing economic opportunities and leadership
LCD is implemented as among the important initiatives to mitigate climate change using the Low Carbon Development Strategies (LCDS) developed as part of National Development plans to achieve Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in different countries.
Responding to the initiatives, CAN-Tanzania has been taking actions by engaging local and international stakeholders in different events and activities. In January 2014 CAN Tanzania with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), Bread for the World (BftW) and ACT Alliance collectively, initiated a project to promote Low Carbon Development strategies in Tanzania. The idea was to incorporate different national partners, which represented a broad range of societal stakeholders, including civil society, science and the policy level high potentials on LCD Pathways.
Again, Bread for the World in collaboration with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Climate Action Network Tanzania organized a two days workshop on Low Carbon Development Initiatives in Tanzania. The workshop was held in Dar es Salaam from 27th to 28th February 2015 and brought together about 75 local, regional and international experts on climate change, energy and transport sectors.
The workshop intended to present and discuss results of the mapping and assessment of existing LCD initiatives in Tanzania; to discuss the potentials and challenges of implementation of existing strategies in transport and energy sectors among different stakeholders and to discuss how to link and integrate these strategies with the goals of poverty reduction and socially just growth.
CAN-Tanzania is also implementing a project entitled “Strengthening and Improving the Contribution and Efficiency of Environmental Civil Society Organizations for National Climate Resilience and Poverty Reduction in Tanzania” This project intends to explore and assess the way LCD initiative can complement poverty reduction in the country in line with appropriate expenditure and governance of climate finance