In January 2015, the project team went on an inception mission to Zanzibar. The main goals of the inception mission were to consult with relevant local stakeholders and to gain their interest and commitment to the project, identify hotspots that are particularly vulnerable to climate change, and to recruit a highly-competent researcher from Zanzibar who would work closely with the Dutch researcher (also based in Zanzibar) on conducting the baseline assessment as well as being involved in the participatory planning processes.

The inception mission, the details of which can be read in the inception report, confirmed the potential of the project to directly impact on local needs. It also enabled the team to tailor the project even further to reflect local capacities and culture. Finally, the mission allowed the team to better connect to existing efforts by bilateral donors and international agencies.

This report looks back on the project activities over the period of January to June 2015. It provides an overview of the project implementation, key achievements and the most significant challenges. The report is based on a desk review of relevant project documents, consultation with project staff and main stakeholders, and consultation with the External Advisory Board.

The overall aim of the project is to contribute to sustainable economic development, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR) through developing effective governance arrangements in a participatory process. By doing so, the project supports the implementation of the Zanzibar Climate Change Strategy.

The objectives are three-fold:

  1. To develop a comparative assessment on planning for climate change adaptation and DRR in Small Island Developing States (e.g. SIDS in the South Pacific and Caribbean);
  2. To develop a consensus-based action plan for climate change adaptation and sustainable economic development, detailing both physical interventions and design of governance arrangements, and to build capacity to implement the governance arrangements;
  3. To disseminate knowledge on the lessons learnt for participatory planning processes for climate change adaptation
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