National Forest and Beekeeping Programme (NFBKP II) Implementation, Tanzania, 2013-2015

In the NFBKP II, a two-year, 2.9 MEUR project, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland facilitated the Government of Tanzania in implementing its National Forest and Beekeeping Programme. The objective of the NFBKP II was to use community-based management of the indigenous woodlands as a means to both equitable economic development and sustainable natural resources management.

Indufor provided technical advice in the implementation of the project and engaged several Tanzanian service providers. This included the development of service delivery models as well as assessment of service providers, their contracting and monitoring.

Although also engaged in policy and regulatory reforms, NFBKP II was field-oriented with operations in 16 districts, with a main focus in 4 priority districts. The project applied a strong participatory approach. Pro-poor indicators were defined through a socio-economic baseline analysis and integrated into the project’s Results-Based Monitoring Framework and utilized for day-to-day planning and monitoring.

A strong emphasis was put on strengthening the framework for empowering communities in sustainable management of woody resources and capacity-building at the community level. Village Land Forest Reserves (VLFRs) were established, and other activities included village land use planning, developing methodologies for resource inventories, preparing management plans and establishment of sustainable timber harvesting levels, and carrying out comprehensive capacity building on governance.

The NFBKP II supported the establishment of 88 VLRS covering more than 220 000 ha. Village land use plans were prepared in nine villages covering 143 000 ha. The management plans were updated In five villages, with harvesting plans covering 25 000 ha. Through the project’s interventions, the understanding of forestry governance was improved.

The income-generating activities focused on two value chains; timber and honey. Timber sales on stumpage as well as processed into sawn timber were implemented in four villages. Beekeeping groups with more than 200 beekeepers were established in nine villages, creating income from selling both honey and bee wax.

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