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Tanzania Forest Conservation Group

 

In Brief

The Tanzania Forest Conservation Group is a Tanzanian non-governmental organisation promoting the conservation of the Eastern Arc / Coastal forest biodiversity hotspot. For the last 19 years the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group has worked to provide sustainable solutions to the problems that have driven deforestation in this unique area. 

 

Our Mission

To promote the conservation of the high biodiversity forests in Tanzania.

 

Who We Are

TFCG is led by a voluntary committee of dedicated professionals with a commitment to forest conservation.  The 14-member committee includes representatives from other NGOs, donors, private sector and government.

 

On the ground our team of professional foresters and biologists guide the implementation of our forest conservation strategies.  TFCGs secretariat includes 6 officers based in our head office in Dar es Salaam and 18 full time staff based in our field projects.

 

Partnership and Financial Support

TFCG works in close cooperation with other stakeholders including the Government, the forest-close communities, the private sector and other NGOs.

 

Core support for our projects has come from the African Rainforest Conservancy (formerly the Tanzania Wildlife Fund).  The African Rainforest Conservancy (ARC) was founded in 1990.  ARC is based in New York City and is a non-profit-making organisation that raises money for conservation initiatives in Tanzania.  ARC is run by a group of voluntary committee members committed to forest conservation in the Eastern Arc and Coastal Forests of Tanzania.

 

Over the last 19 years TFCG has received support from several donors including IUCN-Netherlands, Ireland Aid, Singing for Change and WWF.  We continue to receive support from NORAD through CARE-Norway, the JJ Charitable Trust, IUCN-Netherlands, M.A. Dobie and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund

 

A Brief History

The Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG) is a Tanzanian non-governmental organisation that was established in 1985.  During the 1980s TFCG focused primarily on advocacy and research.  During that time TFCG successfully campaigned for the first Eastern Arc National Park in Tanzania, the Udzungwa Mountains National Park.  The group also conducted biodiversity research in forests such as Kimboza highlighting their conservation importance. 

 

During the 1990s TFCG began to establish a network of field based projects in the Eastern Arc.  These projects worked with the forest-close communities to raise awareness about forest conservation, develop conservation strategies and improve livelihoods. In 1998 Tanzania adopted a new National Forest Policy.  The 1998 National Forest Policy empowers communities to manage forests on village land.  Since the passing of this policy TFCG has taken a leading role in developing and testing the implementation of participatory forest management in Tanzania

 

Programmes

TFCG has five programmes.  These are: Participatory Forest Management, Research, Environmental Education, Livelihood Support, and Advocacy.

 

Our Contact Information

Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG)

Plot 323, Msasani Village, Old Bagamoyo Road

P.O. Box 23410

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Tel/Fax: +255-22-2669007

Email: tfcg@tfcg.or.tz

 


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