Indufor has been awarded a contract by NORAD to provide services for Zanzibar Woody Biomass Survey: Preparedness for REDD+ Readiness Phase. The Zanzibar Woody Biomass Survey is a systematic sample of landmass of Zanzibar, an extension beyond a normal forest resources inventory. The survey is necessary for the United Republic of Tanzania to be able to prepare a comprehensive REDD+ baseline. In addition to forest inventory and land use classification data, the project will also yield information on soil carbon content and gender and land rights issues in the local communities.
Indufor and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Tanzania have signed an agreement of carrying out a Zanzibar Woody Biomass Survey: Preparedness for REDD+ Phase. The baseline study will identify forested areas in Zanzibar and will assist the United Republic of Tanzania in the preparation of a REDD+ baseline. In addition to traditional forest inventory, areas with other woody biomass cover will be sampled. A socio-economic survey will be conducted as part of the survey which will yield information on land rights and gender issues on the islands. Areas of high economic importance for Zanzibar, such as coconut and clove tree plantations will be identified in the mapping phase of the project.