Our work in Nyamwage
MCDI began working in Nyamwage village in 2009. It is a member of MCDI’s FSC group certificate scheme, with a Village Land Forest Reserve (VLFR) of 1,294 hectares.
Since we began working with Nyamwage we have been assisting the village undertake the many steps required for PFM – e.g. conduct a village land use plan, identify and demarcate boundaries for a Village Land Forest Reserve, establish a Village Natural Resource Committee (VNRC), and seek approval of by-laws and management plans at village, ward and district levels. Once PFM was well established in Nyamwage village, we introduced the concept of the group certification scheme. We provided training about the FSC principles and criteria, rules of membership, biodiversity monitoring requirements, etc. A pre-entry inspection was carried out, then the village applied for registration and once an audit was completed in 2010 it was officially approved for inclusion in the group FSC scheme.
Unfortunately, because Nyamwage village is located in Rufiji District as of mid 2013 has been unable to sell any timber. This is mainly due to the fact that the district does not yet have a certified hammer to use to mark the timber as legal and certified for sale. Therefore, the community has yet to earn any revenue from their VLFR except for receiving some small income from fines for illegal logging. This income was used to construct desks at the local school.
More about Nyamwage Village
Nyamwage village has approximately 3,600 people. It is easily accessible along the highway to Dar es Salaam, and it is near the Mkapa bridge and Rufiji River. Similar to most of the villages MCDI works with, agriculture is the main source of income for most community members; however, they also rely on the surrounding forests for honey, timber, firewood and grass for thatching.