Combining REDD, PFM and FSC Certification in South-Eastern Tanzania
MCDI was selected to implement one of nine REDD pilot projects (2010 – 2014) funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Tanzania. As with all of our work, this REDD project sought to advance forest conservation in Tanzania by generating sustainable income for communities, thus providing incentives for them to manage local forests responsibly. It is designed complement sustainable, Forest Stewardship Council-certified timber production under our group certificate, and thus help to ensure the viability of community forestry as a sustainable enterprise in Tanzania. Where sufficient surplus income can be generated from REDD, this will be used to support expansion of the area of forest under community control.
The project aims to deliver six principle outputs:
- Combined group certificate, validation and verification scheme covering timber and carbon-based products open to widest possible variety of community-managed forests in Tanzania.
- Mechanisms to sell carbon offsets and credits for expansion of group certificate and/or forest recovery, and compatible with developing national REDD standards.
- Efficient, scientifically robust and cost-effective methods for participatory assessment and monitoring of carbon stored in forests.
- Drivers of deforestation controlled and reduced.
- Best practice established for equitable management and sharing of economic benefits from forest conservation across the entire community.
- Achievements disseminated with policy recommendations for national and international audiences.
A summary of the key social and conservation benefits of our REDD pilot project is available here.
Our partners in this project are:
- University of Edinburgh, School of Geosciences;
- University of East Anglia, International Development group;
- Carbon Tanzania;
- University College London, Dept of Geography;
- Maliasili Initiatives;
- Value for Nature; and
- MCDI's long term partners Fauna & Flora International.