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United Republic of Tanzania

TOTAL POPULATION

52.2 million YEAR 2014

CO₂ EMISSIONS

11,600 kt COUNTRY, YEAR 2014

822,800 kt Sub-Saharan Africa, YEAR 2014

“A 10-20% cut in emissions by 2030, compared to business as usual, conditional on international support”

PARIS AGREEMENT TARGET

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CLIMATE SIGNIFICANCE

Tanzania is known across the world for its incredible fauna and flora. Not only does it regroup the African “big five” (elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lion, leopard) but 30% of its territory is protected by law. The Ngorongoro crater is said to be the place with the highest wildlife concentration in the world. 

The country hosts diverse ecosystems vastly different from one another. It regroups densely forested hills around Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, whilst the islands of Zanzibar have protected reef sanctuary underwater and host the endemic red colobus monkey. The vast plains of the Serengeti are the setting of an annual migration of more than 2 million Wildebeests (also known as gnus, which you may have seen trampling Simba’s dad in the Lion King), the second largest on-land migration in the natural world. The list goes on.

The Tanzanian government has measured that extreme weather - which has become both more frequent and more intense - costs the country about a point of GDP each year. This hinders Tanzania’s development and adaptation works.

3 of the 6 African Great Lakes are located in part on Tanzanian soil. These lakes are of incredible significance to the natural, cultural and social essence of Africa. To give you an idea, Lake Tanganyika, from which the country derives half of its name, is the second largest lake in the world, and Lake Victoria is roughly the size of Ireland. The lakes contain cumulatively 25% of the world’s unfrozen fresh water, and sustain the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people directly (with fishing, tourism) and indirectly (with exports, electricity, and supporting activities).

Tanzania is a net carbon sink and a minor contributor to global contributions. Even more importantly, it supports one of the greatest and most valuable wildlife heritage on planet Earth. Such havens give us hope that the fauna and flora of our world can still be preserved for future generations. 

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DATA INSIGHTS

The World Bank classifies Tanzania as a low-income country. To understand Tanzania’s position in the fight against climate change, it is useful to observe its history of carbon emissions and exposure to climate risk. The following plots provide an overview of Tanzania’s historic greenhouse gas emissions in perspective with global emission levels, as well as the country’s relative vulnerability and preparedness to climate change. 

Tanzania Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Tanzania’s timeline of total GHG emissions and the percentage change since 1990

Tanzania Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Tanzania’s timeline of total GHG emissions and the percentage change since 1990

Tanzania Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Tanzania Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

Tanzania’s vulnerability and readiness to combat climate change

Tanzania Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

Tanzania’s vulnerability and readiness to combat climate change

Tanzania Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)
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