Local example used to promote investment in community forestry in Tanzania

"We should seek ways to involve more communities in managing and protecting more forests!"

On 27th May 2016, former District Commissioner of Kilwa, Hon. Abdala Ulega, promoted our work in a public speech to the Central Tanzanian Government. He called for the Parliamentary Chairperson and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism to involve more communities in managing and protecting more forests in the country. One of our partner communities was highlighted as an example where local people have been granted the power and taken a hands on approach to protect their forests against encroachment.

"The Government [of Tanzania] has been using a lot of resources to protect forests, but we haven't learned anything. Where I was working in Kilwa as the District Commissioner, there is one village - an outstanding example, called Nanjirinji - that is practicing Community-Based Forest Management. People in Nanjirinji have benefited significantly from managing their own forests, and if a person is found [encroaching] in the village forest they will not wait for government guards to punish that person. - On the spot, local people will punish [fine] that person. I would like to advise the government: we should seek ways to involve more communities in managing and protecting more forests!"

Hon. Abdala Ulega, Member of Parliament for Mkuranga Constituency and former District Commissioner of Kilwa, Tanzania.

Listen to the full speech (in Swahili) here.


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