Regional Rangelands Congress 2016

The Africa Conservation Centre in collaboration with Institutional Canopy of Conservation (I-CAN) project and South Rift Association of Land Owners (SORALO) organized the Regional Rangelands Congress in Nairobi from 28th to 31st November 2016. The theme of the event is titled “Rangelands health and Security In dynamic landscape”.

Participants including NGOs, international organizations (UN), Academia Universities, National government, Count Government, Community representatives and private sectors have attended this four-day event. TNRF was invited under IUCN project to share cross border experiences.

This congress presented on Pandora and livelihoods, resource governance and management, policy and practices and climate change. TNRF presented on pastoralist food as livelihoods security with cross border natural resource management: Perceptive of Northern Tanzania and Southern Kenya.

LAND POLICY REVIEW STAKEHOLDERS CONSULTATION MEETING

In August 2015, the Ministry of Land, Housing and Human Settlement Development (MLHHSD) initiated a review on the Land policy, which had been in place for 21 years.

From August 2015 to November 2016, consultative meetings were organised at various levels within the Ministry whereby between April-May 2016 the drafting committee engaged various actors across 8 zones to get their opinions. This followed drafting the Land Policy 2016 between July-November 2016.

The stakeholders consultation meeting was held in Morogoro from 21st to 24th November 2016, which was attended by various groups. On 23rd November government institutions, local government authorities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), CSOs, Faith based Organizations (FBOs), financial and higher level and institutions discussed and provided recommendations on the draft land policy. The Permanent Secretary for the MLHHSD, Dr. Yamungu Kayandabila, officially opened the meeting. In his opening remarks he stressed that Land shall benefit all ordinary citizens of Tanzania.

In this meeting the Land Policy drafting team presented on the draft land policy which was discussed by the stakeholders. The participants outlined new areas with reference to hunter-gatherers, pastoralism, mining rights and foreign investors rights to land ownership among others. The participants also waived various recommendations.

Protecting Tanzania’s Environment, Conservation and Tourism project (PROTECT) Underway

TNRF Protecting Tanzania’s Environment, Conservation and Tourism project (PROTECT) team conducted a 10days field trip (28th Aug – 6th Sept) to Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) with the aim of meeting  WMAs management team, members of various WMAs committees, villagers and investors.

The team visited WMAs in Ikona  (Serengeti), Makao (Meatu), Mbarang’andu  (Namtumbo-Songea) and Mbomipa (Iringa). The main objective was to discuss with the constituent communities around the WMAs and the investors on the issues that affect viability of the WMAs as both conservation and economic opportunity for communities and what options are there for better improvement of the inviable WMAs.

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Hon. Jumanne Maghembe (minister of natural resources and tourism) launched the study report on revisiting traffic’s 2007 recommendations to improve forest governance in Tanzania

On 30th August 2016, the Mama Misitu Campaign (MMC) in collaboration with Tanzania Forest Working Group hosted by Tanzania Natural Resource Forum (TNRF) conducted the National Forest Governance Hearing where  the study report on “Revisiting TRAFFIC’S 2007 Recommendations To Improve Forest governance in Tanzania’ was officially launched. The national forest governance hearing brought together various stakeholders such as village communities, timber traders, representative from the local and central government, NGOs and private sector organizations.

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