IHDP Knowledge Transfer Database

National Contact Point Tanzania

Mr. Aloyce Lukulu Masanja first became involved with IHDP activities when he was selected to participate in the June 2002 International Human Dimensions Workshop (IHDW) on "Urbanization and the Transition to Sustainability". The National Contact Point was officially established in September 2002 with three members who formed the Secretariat, hosted by the Rural Development & Environmental Conservation Trust (RUDECT) as lead institution. Currently the secretariat is composed of five members and a lead institution has been re-established to an Institute for Environment and Development Studies (IEDS) – as lead institution. The main goal of the National Contact Point is to establish a National Committee on IHDP research agenda and facilitate the planning of the National Human Dimensions Research Programmes. The leading objectives are to create a new Research Network on Human Dimensions of Global Change agenda and to develop specific national Human Dimensions research initiatives. The vision was originally to set-up an IHDP National Committee by December 2003. In 2004, a National Inventory was compiled on institutions and research related to the HDGEC in Tanzania (both ongoing and planned) as part of the IHDP Seed Grant Initiative (with funds from ISSC and UNESCO), which is a step closer to this vision. Currently, the committee is in place which is meeting weekly to discuss other research agenda and carry out research activities as per IHDP framework. Key Human Dimensions Research Questions Rural land administration and management Spatial data infrastructure development Environmental Change and Human Health Land Utilization and Poverty Reduction Land use change and land cover Rural Livelihoods and Climate Variability Decentralization and Environmental Governance River basin management and wetlands conservation Ecosystem management Forest Conservation and Management