One of the features that characterise the designated capital city of Dodoma is the limited green landscape element as a result of semiarid climatic conditions of the whole central region of Tanzania. Besides concerted efforts by the Dodoma urban authorities to develop greenery landscape within the city through the Capital City Development Programme, such efforts have fallen into conﬂict with people’s livelihood activities. In this paper, it is argued that the gap between identification of appropriate landscape features that are not consistent with people's lifestyles and the local conditions are the contributory factors to the observed conﬂicts between attempts to green the city and livelihoods of the residents. Borrowed planning concepts in the masterplans that were imposed on the context of Dodoma do not reﬂectthe reality of the people's needs and priorities as regards their livelihoods. These concepts have to the greatest extent failed to integrate livelihood activities and greening initiatives. This paper underscores the need for developing locally based planning considerations that take cognisance of all stakeholders and the local context as a way towards harmonising greening initiatives while accommodating people's livelihood needs and activities.
Keywords: greening initiatives, livelihood activities, semi-arid cities, urban planning, master plans, Dodoma, Tanzania
How to Cite:
Lupala, A. & Lupala, J., (2003) “The conﬂict between attempts to green arid cities and urban livelihoods The case of Dodoma, Tanzania”, Journal of Political Ecology 10(1), 25-35. doi: https://doi.org/10.2458/v10i1.21650