5 ways Tanzanian communities are using forests to achieve the SDGs
In south-eastern Tanzania, an increasing number of rural villages are joining the global fight to halt deforestation by setting up village forest reserves which they manage for sustainable timber production. The revenues they generate are being used in a variety ways to improve local health and well-being; to provide quality education, clean water and sanitation; and to increase local economic opportunities in their respective villages. In 2016-17 alone, 12 villages invested TZS 214.1M ($98,000) in:
GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING: A village dispensary | 20 mattresses and 40 bed sheets for a village health centre | 53 birthing kits for expectant mothers | Solar power for the village dispensary
QUALITY EDUCATION: 2 primary school classrooms built (1 in a sub-village) | 5 primary school classrooms renovated | School fees paid for 42 secondary school students | 48 school desks and 10 school beds
CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION: 2 water boreholes
DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH: A Village Office | A village guesthouse with 18 rooms | A village marketplace
LIFE ON LAND: 2 motorbikes for forest patrols | Safety boots, health insurance and First Aid kits to natural resources committee members | Allowances for patrolling forests.