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To increase Tanzania’s infrastructure for trade in three ways (i) Co-financing the Dar Port expansion together with the World Bank and Tanzania Port Authority will double port capacity and enable Tanzania’s entire trade volume to increase by two thirds. (ii) Project preparation funding for six more major regional transport projects are expected to catalyse up to £600m of development finance incorporating climate resilent design. (iii) Launching a new approach to Public-Private Partnerships will improve infrastructure in municipal areas and build capacity for larger PPP’s in the future.The programme is expected to reduce the costs of doing business in Tanzania, contributing to growth, more jobs and lower poverty. The short-term beneficiaries will be users such as traders, logistics providers and public citizens. International business including from the UK will benefit from better access to trade.In the medium to long run employment is expected to increase from indirect effects.
The Programme aims to develop the capacity of middle-income countries to develop major successful infrastructure projects in the partner countries above. To achieve this impact, the programme will: train officials in UK best practice methodologies in infrastructure project planning, preparation and delivery; encourage long-term adoption of these methodologies via policy and process changes; support a number of specific pilot infrastructure projects, using the methodologies, in selected partner countries to demonstrate effectiveness and embed their use Meeting these objectives will assist the countries to develop the economic and social infrastructure they need to sustain inclusive economic growth. They will also increase the number of good infrastructure projects coming to market as viable investment propositions, helping to reduce the infrastructure gap (increasing the number of proposed projects being completed). It will also attract investors and lenders to deliver the infrastructure projects offering opportunities to international business as a secondary benefit, including from the UK.
In a series of GCRF-funded projects we have developed a prototype low cost, robust, and simple to operate thermal-infrared drone system built from off-the-shelf components that can (semi)automatically detect, identify and locate animals and fires in thermal infrared footage. The objective of this proposal is to use the system to help conservation agencies protect Madagascar's biodiversity - a cornerstone of the country's economy - and thereby deliver significant, long-term, social and economic impact. To achieve this goal, we will overcome existing challenges [C] with innovative solutions [S] by setting strategic targets [T] with quantifiable measures of success [M] which will lead to long-term benefits [B] through the following steps: 1. [C] Madagascar is currently building a national framework and regulations for operating drones. [S] Building on our experience as part of key UK Government panels shaping drone policy, we will work with the Aviation Civil de Madagascar (ACM) [Civil Aviation Authority of Madagascar], our partner and key local stakeholder, to outline regulations required for a national qualification to fly drones safely. By implementing a national drone policy [T], drone operators applying for flying permits [M] will be required to follow the latest international aviation regulations, ensuring optimal safety and best practice are implemented in drone flight from the beginning. [B] The uptake in drone technology will open the door to the same transformative changes in all areas of economy and society seen in other countries. 2. [C] In part due to high costs of commercial drone systems, there are few drone pilots in Madagascar, and little capacity for building/maintaining non-commercial drones. [S] Building on our experience setting up a Drone Research Lab at Liverpool John Moores University in the UK, we will work with ACM and our key conservation partner, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust (DWCT), to develop a Drone Centre in Madagascar. [T] This will be fully equipped and staffed to (i) build and maintain drones from off-the-shelf components and (ii) train users to fly drones. [M] We will train 4 DWCT staff to build, maintain and fly drone systems so DWCT have the capacity to operate independently long-term. [B] This will initiate, and with continued training of new people over time, greatly increase the Madagascan capacity for using drone technology. 3. [C] Madagascar's unique biodiversity is crucial to the country's economy and long-term growth, but is being reduced sharply by hunting and habitat loss. An essential aspect of conservation is knowledge on animal abundance and hunting. Current conservation efforts are hampered by the high costs and large time investments of current methods to assess these. [S] With infrastructure from steps 1 and 2 in place, we will work with DWCT and other stakeholders (e.g. Madagascar National Parks, who manage National Parks in Madagascar) to use the drone systems to conduct regular, long-term, systematic monitoring of key geographical areas critical to Madagascan biodiversity and economy. [T] We will survey the entire Lake Alaotra region (which produces 50% of Madagascar's rice) and Baly Bay National Park (a hot spot for the illegal wildlife trade). [M] From these data we will derive accurate and precise densities for Aloatran Gentle Lemurs (which act as key indicators of restorative action in Lake Alaotra), and substantially reduce poaching in the Baly Bay National Park. [B] Our pilot studies show that our drone system offers between a 20-400x improvement in efficiency for detecting/identifying animals, humans and fires in surveys compared with current methods. The adoption of this research technology will provide a step change in the scale and frequency with which DWCT can conduct surveys. This will substantially reduce poaching and illegal activity and provide stakeholders with the information needed to balance conservation with sustainable growth.