Limiting negative impacts regarding oil and gas development in Tanzania funded by WWF-Tanzania

The program aimed at raising awareness to the citizens and other stakeholders regarding oil and gas exploitation process and the emerged EACOP project, to regulate citizen’s high expectations and advocate for inclusiveness, transparency and accountability in order to prohibit unnecessary conflict and ultimately limiting negative impacts in the societies. The program also aimed at observing the potential economic benefits of the oil and gas sector in Tanzania including the EACOP project. NCEE is highly concerned about environmental conservation and protection in the areas where the pipe will pass through, as some areas are sensitive protected areas, settlement and agriculture areas. The organization saw the need to address social and cultural impacts, preparedness of local communities, regulating citizen’s expectations in the communities basically project Priority areas (PAs).

USD 300 per week

Under this WWF fund, the NCEE was able to achieve below listed outcomes;

General Outcomes

This program led to NCEE engagement in the following;

  • Participation in the inauguration of the 1,445 km East Africa Crude Oil pipeline Project (EACOP) from Hoima-Uganda to Tanga –Tanzania on 5th August, 2017 at Chongoleani Tanga.
  • NCEE in collaboration with other CSOs; MSOAPO (Mtwara), LANGO (Lindi), Tree of Hope (Tanga), LHRC (Dar es salaam), CRED and GRA from Uganda organized the press conference in Tanga acknowledged on a ground- breaking ceremony and made recommendation on human right and environmental concerns over the pipeline.
  • NCEE participated in development of policy recommendations with other coalitions (MANET, MARENGO and SEF-Tanzania) and engagement meetings with the MPs association (TAPAFE) AT Dodoma in February 2018. Also conducted a meeting in September 2018 with the Parliamentary committee for the Energy and Environment and Investment committee. The forum appreciated the recommendation since some were accommodated by the government
  • Due to the raising of awareness to communities through the EACOP project on reducing negative environmental, socio-economic and cultural values, NCEE had a chance to meet with EACOP through consultation teams that work with the community on engagement meetings.
  • NCEE conducted a radio program in Tanga (TK FM STEREO that reached the local people in a wide range at the time, which increased understanding of the EACOP project by Local communities. 
  • Also, the organization conducted 3 special TV programs (JARIDA MARIDHAWA) with Star Television and Radio Free Africa on oil and exploitation and community preparedness as well as government’s commitment. The program was broadcasted country wide.
  • NCEE developed a strong relationship with the government through engagement meetings with the Tanga regional office, Mkinga and Tanga District Commissioners, Chumbageni and Mkinga Divisions and LGAs in their respective areas, which resulted in close support from the governmen
  • Learning visit to Madimba gas processing plant, waste management company and MRENGO coalition in Lindi.
  • NCEE participation to Uganda (Kabaale-Hoima trip) for experience sharing
  • The organization attended a training in Norway on best practices and experiences on oil management to both upstream downstream  

NCEE also was a part of a training conducted in Dar es salaam by STATOIL on oil exploitation and extractive process, a knowledge shared with other members of other coalitions.

Specific outcomes

  • The magnitude of citizen’s expectations has been regulated to a large extent
  • 134 youth were recruited and trained as militia from Chongoleani and the adjacent village of Putini who will be employed for security services along the pipeline.
  • 70 youth have been recruited for the fire brigade who will assist in rescue services
  • There is minimal number of reported grievances concerning compensation
  • Improvement of food vending services (Mama Lishe)

Project Areas

The project covered, three districts of Mkinga, Kilindi and Chongoleani and Putini (Tanga city).