C40 Summit Video Blog Series: Dr. Didas Massaburi, Mayor of Dar es Salaam City Council on joining the C40: “…we have to join this group of winners…”

*Editor’s note: In partnership with the City of Johannesburg we conducted a series of video interviews with mayors, leading sustainability officials and partner thought leaders during the C40 Mayors Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa on February 4-6, 2014. Take a look at our growing catalogue of video blogs to date…and stay tuned for more over the coming weeks.

At the C40 Mayors Summit in Johannesburg, we announced Dar es Salaam as one of three new African cities to join the network. During the Summit, we sat down with the Mayor of Dar es Salaam City Council, Dr. Didas Massaburi to discuss the city’s sustainability efforts, and what they hope to gain from joining C40.

Dar es Salaam has experienced the impacts of climate change firsthand, said Dr. Massaburi, citing major floods that claimed lives in 2012.  The city is implementing a number of climate actions across key sectors, but is eager to step up its efforts and connect with other cities around the world facing – and tackling -- similar challenges.

“This is why we said we have to join this group of winners, so that we can also use the methodologies and shared experiences learned from our colleagues on how they fight against the impact of climate change around the world…. we are sure that if we can change in Dar es Salaam then most of the Tanzanian people will change.”

Among the climate actions currently underway, Dr. Massaburi spoke of the city’s work to improve its solid waste management practices and systems, and on the transportation front, to implement a Bus Rapid Transit system whose first phase in 2014 will remove up to 3,000 heavy polluting buses from the city streets.

Watch Dr. Massaburi’s interview below.