Rapid urbanization and climate change are key drivers of increasing vulnerability and disaster risk in Tanzanian cities. In view of this, the government, the World Bank, and the UK Department for International Development (DfID) are collaborating through the Tanzania Urban Resilience Program (TURP) to improve the country’s ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from the growing potential of climate-related shocks.
From August 29 through 30, at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre in Dar es Salaam, the Urban Resilience team will convene for URTZ 2018, a conference to showcase the program’s innovative methods and progress, highlight global best practices in disaster risk management, and transfer the latest technical knowledge to local practitioners.
URTZ 2018 will focus on the understanding of urban risk – showcasing new spatial tools and risk data developed in Tanzania that can empower stakeholders to identify and reduce their risks. As such, URTZ18 is coordinating with partner communities, including the Free and Open Source for Geospatial Conference (FOSS4G) and the Open Cities Africa Summit, to bring together expertise on risk mapping and communication. It will be held in partnership with the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery’s (GFDRR) Understanding Risk community – a global community of 8000+ experts and practitioners active in the creation, communication, and use of disaster risk information.
CONTACT: Tanzania Urban Resilience Program, firstname.lastname@example.org
DAY 1 AUGUST 29
TOWARDS A RESILIENT TANZANIA: PROGRAMME PROGRESS
Sessions on Day 1 will offer a thorough overview of interventions being implemented across Tanzania to improve urban resilience – from risk identification to emergency preparedness. Sessions will be engaging and comprehensive, led by project leaders from government, civil society, and the World Bank working towards our shared vision. Panels will invite discussion as well as questions from conference participants.
|8:00 – 10:00||REGISTRATION|
|10:00 – 11:00||FOSS4G OPENING REMARKS|
|11:00 – 12:00||2017 RECAP // KARIBU TO URTZ
Intro + Video – Prog
URTZ Ignite presentations
|PANEL DISCUSSION TOWARDS A RESILIENT TANZANIA|
|12:00 – 1:00||LUNCH + EXHIBITION OPENING
Resilient Tanzania – Mural Competition on the Topic of Urban Resilience – presented by Tanzania Bora Initiative
|1:30 – 2:30||SESSION #1 INNOVATIONS IN RISK IDENTIFICATION
Description: The Tanzania Urban Resilience Programme has proudly piloted several unique projects to collect critical risk information for improved risk reduction. These projects have proved the immense value of innovation in any rapidly developing urban context, and are being imitated the world over.
|2:30 – 3:00||TEA BREAK|
|3:00 – 4:30||SESSION #2 ENGAGING COMMUNITIES FOR RISK REDUCTION
Description: Community engagement is key to effective risk mitigation, and the Tanzania Urban Resilience Programme is employing several community-driven measures to ensure a lasting impact. These have ranged from an extensive socioeconomic study to support for a CSO waste management initiative.
DAY 2 AUGUST 30
REIMAGINING THE MSIMBAZI // PROGRAMME PROGRESS CONT’D + LOOKING AHEAD
The morning of Day 2 will focus solely on the topic of urban resilience for urban rivers and surrounding areas. This will involve plenaries from three different African cities that have piloted unique methods for risk reduction in urban river catchments – including Accra, Beira, and, most recently, Dar es Salaam. Outputs from the Msimbazi Charrette design process will be presented.
|8:00 – 9:00||REGISTRATION|
|9:00 – 9:15||INTRODUCTION VIDEO|
|9:15 – 10:00||OPENING REMARKS|
|10:00 – 10:15||MSIMBAZI CHARRETTE IGNITES
A different person from each sector/issue involved in the Msimbazi Charrette integrated design process will present on how their piece fits into the puzzle of this project – demonstrating the many sides that need to be considered in order to find a solution to this challenging urban intervention.
|10:15 – 11:00||TEA BREAK
Exhibition of Msimbazi Charrette Outcomes
|11:00 – 12:00||SESSION #1 URBAN RESILIENCE: RIVERS + RISK
Description: Tanzanian cities are largely coastal and are increasingly vulnerable to flash floods due to uncontrolled urbanization and environmental degradation. This is expected to worsen with the impacts of climate change, characterised by higher rainfall intensity and sea level rise. Valleys are particularly at risk as a lack of development controls in these areas results in heavy informal settling along with their use for public infrastructure and polluted wastewater discharge. Addressing the issue of extreme flash floods in urban river catchments cuts across several institutions and sectors (environment, drainage, waste, transport, water, sanitation, health), which complicates solutions but is of critical importance for building resilience in African cities. Through integrated design processes, we can work to ahead of the curve and not make the same costly mistakes as cities globally have done in dealing with their rivers.
|12:00 – 1:30||LUNCH|
|1:00 – 2:00||ROOM A MSIMBAZI IN FOCUS
ROOM B INSTITUTIONAL STRENGTHENING FOR EMERGENCY
|2:00 – 3:00||ROOM A MSIMBAZI IN FOCUS
ROOM B RESILIENCE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION
|3:00 – 3:30||TEA BREAK|
|3:30 – 4:30||LOOKING AHEAD
PANEL DISCUSSION TOWARDS A RESILIENT TANZANIA – TAKEAWAYS