ForumCC – also known as the Tanzanian Civil Society Forum on Climate Change –is an association of civil society organisations committed to work on climate change in their own programmes as well as through advocacy. It brings together development and environment organizations, those with technical skills and those with a more delivery and advocacy focus. This combination of organisations is important to ensure effective engagement of civil society that draws on the range of skills and perspectives of different organisations, such as linking the research groups with those that can use research findings for advocacy.
ForumCC has been operating since October 2008. The Forum was formalized in October 2009, and received funding from DFID for its first year of operations.
Purpose of the Forum
To ensure effective and informed engagement of Civil Society Organisations in Tanzania on Climate Change issues for the benefit of the environment and people in poverty who are affected.
Main Areas of Engagement and Related Activities
ForumCC Membership is open to civil society organizations working in Tanzania on climate related issues. Interested individuals who are not associated with such organizations may join the Forum as “Associate Members”. The Coordination Team will further develop detailed criteria for its membership, describing the types and roles of members and the targeted number of members at a future point.
Forum CC governance
ForumCC has a collaborative leadership structure that is accountable to the ForumCC Membership. ForumCC is coordinated by a Project Manager, Mr. Latif Amars, who acts on behalf of the ForumCC Coordination Team and Forum members more broadly. The TNRF Secretariat provides administration.
The Coordination Team plans ForumCC activities to be implemented through partnerships with Members and other interested organizations. The Coordination Team is also instrumental to gauging the impact of ForumCC activities, through its contacts with the ForumCC Membership. The original Coordination Team members are individuals from OXFAM, MUVEK, EPMS, LEAT, SONARECOD, UNA, TAPHGO, CGP and TNRF. Members of the Coordination Team are to be renewed through voting during the Annual General Meeting.
Links and coordination with other networks
The Forum is aware of other networks of various kinds which relate to climate change and is open to linking with these. Many of these are already represented within the Forum and improving the sharing between different initiatives is one of the main roles for the Forum. The added values of this Forum compared to others that exist are largely in three areas:
Communicating with the ForumCC
The Project Manager manages all communications with the ForumCC Membership on behalf of the Coordinating Team. Any member of ForumCC or the general public wishing to communicate with the ForumCC Membership should send his/her request to the Project Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org in Swahili or English.