Private sector has been involved in forestry initiatives for a long time but more recently there has been growing waves of interests to try to understand their role in improving forestry governance. Scholarly findings have indicated private sector involvement to be much debated especially with current trends on global mechanisms such as REDD+ of which Tanzania is also a party. Various initiatives have been initiated to understand and learn how the role of private sector might help improve forestry governance in developing countries. In many occasions, such initiatives have drawn private sector among other actors in discussions with the aim of drawing lessons specifically on transparency and accountability in forestry governance.
This week, TNRF is participating in a workshop on ‘New Generation Plantations Platform (NGP) for Responsible Plantation Forestry in South Africa and Africa" in Durban, South Africa. The workshop is part of the New Generation Plantations Project managed by WWF in partnership with wide range of other stakeholders. The NGP provides a platform for stakeholders to discuss issues pertaining to plantations forestry. This year's workshop has drawn private sector and other stakeholders from across globe underpin opportunities and share lessons on plantation forestry and locally controlled forestry. Apart from TNRF, Tanzania is represented by participants from Green Resources and WWF - Tanzania.
This week from 6th to 10th May 2013, TNRF has organized training on pastoralism and rangeland production systems to representatives from Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Local Government Authorities (LGAs) and local communities in Babati district. This training is part of the Pastoralist Program implemented jointly by CARE and TNRF. The training is aiming to equip sub-grantees under the programme, pastoral CSOs and local governments' authorities with skills to effectively implement the pastoral development projects. The training intends to realize the following objectives:
To enable participants from implementing CSOs, LGAs and local leaders to define and internalize concept of pastoralism for better management of resources and livelihood.
To equip participants with knowledge and skills on pastoral systems, policy analysis and advocacy.
To familiarize participants with approaches and steps to follow when doing policy analysis and evidence-based advocacy at the local level.
To enable the organizations in the training practice, integrating and accommodate pastoral systems into natural resources management initiatives in their respective localities for betterment of pastoral livelihoods.
To enable participants understand the challenges in the pastoral livelihoods systems in Tanzania.
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