Community-based Forest Management Going Business in Tanzania

September 17, 2013

Indufor will carry out Support to the National Forest and Beekeeping Programme in Tanzania (NFBKP II) to increase income and employment from savanna woodlands. The overall long-term objective of this two-year, 2.9 MEUR project, supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and the Government of Tanzania, is socio-economic empowerment of communities. Sustainable forest management will be put in action to reduce poverty and engage women and other vulnerable groups increasingly in forestry related activities. Here businesses, such as efficient timber utilization, honey harvesting, tree planting and sustainable charcoal making will play a key role.

Pro-poor community-based forest management will take place in 16 districts with at least 20 communities commercializing timber, honey and other forest products from sustainably managed forests. Land use planning and knowing the resource base are the starting points. The recent national forest resource assessment (NAFORMA) will guide the development of tools for forest planning and management. One of the pilot areas will be Nachingwea district in the Southern Tanzania.

Four development programmes under the National Forest and Beekeeping Programme (NFBKP) will be used to reach the project results. The focus is to upscale more inclusive, equitable and well governed forest management, with a strong emphasis on business-based second generation community-based forest management. For measuring the impacts of “CBFM going business”, a monitoring system will be created together with the University of Reading, Wales, UK.

In making the forest sector widely accepted as an important source for generating welfare and business as well as income and employment in communities and in national economy, the activities of the Decision Makers Forest Academy (DMFA), the Forestry Training Institute (FTI) and the Forest Industry Training Institute (FITI) will be promoted. These will be used to carry out change management at the highest political level and to reflect the value chain approach and the important role of the private sector and civil society in forestry.

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Thomas Selänniemi

Head of Natural Resources Management

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