TNRF is a collective civil society-based initiative to improve natural resource management and conservation in Tanzania by addressing fundamental issues of governance. We view the quality and equity of governance as fundamentally determining how natural resources are managed and how they support the livelihoods of Tanzanians and the sustainable economic development of the country.
TNRF begun a process to establish a series of dialogues on Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) with the aim of providing a platform for multi-stakeholder exchange of information and agreeing on a common course for CBNRM success in Tanzania. In 2012, TNRF undertook a stocktaking exercise of CBNRM in forestry, fisheries and Wildlife in Tanzania which also recommended the need for establishing a national level platform named National CBNRM forum to help disseminate information on CBNRM success stories, share experiences and promote a greater understanding of the actions and enabling environment on CBNRM that can lead to improved social, economical and environmental benefits. While facilitating engagement at the national level, TNRF has also joined a regional civil society network on CBNRM issues, called Southern Africa CBNRM Forum (SACF) whose secretariat is based in Lusaka-Zambia. Joining SACF helps to promote South-to-South exchange on CBNRM issues and experience. Similar efforts are also made to promote South-to-North linkages through exchange dialogues.
To further promote CBNRM among other tasks, TNRF and WWF Tanzania through its Coastal East Africa Initiative entered a 3-years partnership programme on Land and forest-based investments programme on forest and land-based investments in Tanzania (2014-2017). The programme is geared towards building constructive dialogue with wide range of stakeholders including private sector, Government, civil society organizations to address and contribute to responsible investments on land and forests. With funds from WWF-Finland, among others, the partnership programme provide for support to hold National CBRNM fora in Tanzania.
Submitted by Website Officer on 2 May 2016 - 11:28am
Healthy forests are havens for biodiversity, provide a lifeline for billions of rural people worldwide, and play a vital role in mitigating global climate change. The value of our work to conserve these important habitats has now been recognised internationally. Singled out among more than 130 applicants, MCDI's CEO - Makala Jasper, was presented an award for International Nature Conservation by the Whitley Fund for Nature at their annual ceremony in London yesterday.
" Winning this award means a lot to us. It means MCDI can expand our work to an entirely new area - the first step to connect existing community forests and their wildlife with one of Africa's largest protected areas" - Makala Jasper
Submitted by Website Officer on 2 May 2016 - 11:16am
Illegal Logging in Tanzania: Governance, Opportunities and Challenges
There has been substantial changes in the forestry sector that have also brought in new experiences, challenges and lessons. Some of these developments include the establishment and operationalization of Tanzania Forest Service (TFS), re-focused Forestry and Beekeeping Division (FDB) and increased land and forest based investments such as plantation and local communities‟ forestry. Despite this being the case, studies shows that the emphasis on collecting relevant logging and timber trade statistics and information management at the national level, had declined in the years previous to 2006, due to other priorities within MNRT.