Nainokwe village has a population of roughly 520 people. The village is near the Mitaurure Forest Reserve, which contains a hunting block and a lot of wildlife. The village has a Village Land Forest Reserve (VLFR) that is split into two parts: a heavily wooded part that covers 8,502 hectares, and wooded savannah area that extends over 7,465ha. Nainokwe joined MCDI’s FSC group certificate scheme in November 2010, although the village only entered the more heavily wooded area into the group certificate.
Our Work in Nainokwe
MCDI began working with Nainokwe village in 2006, initially assisting the community become familiar with participatory forest management activities. Our work consisted of raising awareness about community based forest management, forest conservation and natural resource governance. We helped the community form a Village Natural Resource Committee (VNRC), develop village land use plans and demarcate boundaries for the Village Land Forest Reserve (VLFR). Nainokwe’s by-laws and forest management and land use plans were approved at the village, ward and district levels and their VLFR became official.
Following the official designation of the VLFR, we worked with the VNRC to develop a strategy and plan for Nainokwe to join the MCDI FSC group certification scheme. In 2010, Nainokwe village officially joined the FSC scheme and since then have earned Tsh 29,680,138 (USD $18,300) in timber sales as of mid 2013. This income has been used to construct a new house for the Village Executive Officer, pay health insurance for elders from the community and pay for food at the local school.
Nainokwe village struggled with corrupt leaders on its VNRC, but later replaced these officials with new members. Since then, the community has help meetings every quarter and it is considered one of the most transparent and accountable villages that MCDI works with.
More about Nainokwe Village
The majority of the village relies on agricultural activities to support their livelihoods; however, they are also highly reliant on the surrounding forest resources as well. For example, the community members use the forest for charcoal production as well as for timber harvesting, honey collection, medicinal plants and firewood.