Community Development in Tanzania through Sustainable Timber Production

Community Development in Tanzania through Sustainable Timber Production
field of work
Social Engagement, Biodiversity / Nature Conservation, Climate Change
project initiator
Tanzania, United Republic of
Almost 12,670,000 people in Tanzania (28.2% of the population) live below the basic needs poverty line, making it one of the top 25 poorest nations globally. Ninety percent of these poor people live in rural areas, where they rely on forest directly for fuel, food and other uses, as well as for the ecosystem services they provide. Despite the importance of Tanzania's forests for sustaining rural livelihoods, they are being lost at the fifth fastest rate of any country worldwide, primarily due to conversion for agriculture, charcoal production, illegal logging and forest fires. There is a major opportunity and need to support rural communities in Tanzania to own and economically benefit from sustainably managing their local forests. Hardwood trees are among the most valuable forest resources in south-eastern Tanzania. They offer a potentially lucrative source of income for communities, which could be used to fund local development projects, such as building water wells, clinics and schools. This will not only serve to relieve rural poverty, but it will also help rural villages to become more self-sufficient and create tangible incentives for local people to protect their forests. Accordingly, from 2017 to 2019, the aim of this project is to contribute to poverty alleviation and promote self-sufficient community development in five Tanzanian villages through sawn hardwood timber production. With support from Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative (MCDI), these villages have been able to secure user rights to their local forests and to each generate on average $8,000 annually from selling hardwood trees. Half of these revenues have been used to fund local development projects, with the remaining 50% fed back into forest management. Although this has brought about transformative improvements for local development, these communities have thus far not been able to generate sufficient funds to cover all of the costs involved in managing their forests, which MCDI ha
we are looking for
financial support, cooperation, publicity/visibility, similar projects
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