Improving governance in Tanzania's forestry sector
Aims and objectives
Forest Justice in Tanzania aims to promote good governance and improved accountability in the forestry sector in Tanzania. The initiative is a partnership between the Community Forest Conservation Network of Tanzania, known as MJUMITA and the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group.
The project is funded through the Accountability in Tanzania (AcT) programme and will operate from 2011 - 2013.
The objectives are that
* Governance within the forestry sector is improved.
* Tanzanian citizens benefit from forest ecosystem services.
* Effective and sustained citizen demand for improved forest management and governance.
* Government leaders at all levels support effective forest management.
How will Forest Justice in Tanzania achieve its objectives?
The project will work through four inter-related strategies.
Monitoring forest governance and forest condition.
The project will monitor forest governance and forest condition with a view to demonstrating the issues that contribute to the loss of Tanzania's forest values and to provide a benchmark for improvement in forest governance.
This strategy aims to encourage Central and Local Government to become more proactive in addressing forest crimes as well as building the capacity of community members to take action against governance shortfalls within the forest sector.
Research, analysis and communication.
The project will carry out research and analysis in order to determine where the obstacles lie to achieving improved forest management and forest governance.
The project will work to promote best practices within the forestry sector. This will include promoting the National REDD standards and the National Forest Stewardship Council standards.
Where will the project operate?
Whilst some aspects of the project will operate at a national level, field-level activities in relation to governance monitoring and enforcement promotion will take place in the six zones that apply to MJUMITA networks:
Eastern Zone - Morogoro, Pwani, and Dar es Salaam Regions
Northern Zone - Tanga, Kilimanjaro and Arusha Regions
Southern Zone - Lindi, Mtwara and Ruvuma Regions
Southern Highlands Zone - Iringa Region
Central Zone - Manyara, Dodoma, and Singida Regions
Western Zone - Kigoma Region