IN THE NEWS: CSOs propose tittle deeds of some investors to be revoked

Title deeds of some investors in Iringa District should be revoked as their investments have never benefited neighboring communities, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) here have suggested.

They said some investors have been allowing pastoralists to use their investment plots at a fee, denying them access to grazing pasture.

They were speaking during the second community inception workshop on the state of land-based investment and resource conflicts. The workshop was designed for CSOs and organised by the Tanzania Natural Resource Forum (TNRF) in Pawaga division.

Citing an example, they said some investors operating hunting blocks near the Ruaha National Park were supposed to pay annual fee of 25 percent to the government but it had never trickled down to villagers in the areas.

IN THE NEWS: Land use plan vital in solving disputes

Pawaga division authorities in Iringa District have urged the government to conduct land use plan in all the villages to avoid land conflicts between farmers and pastoralists. They also challenged the government to allocate pastoralists to areas with adequate grazing pastures and build water infrastructures in a bid to avoid unnecessary land disputes. Speaking at the community workshop on the state of land based investment and resource conflicts, Mlenge Ward Councilor, Rashid Matimbwa said that many areas designed for pastoralists in different villages have no pastures and water infrastructures. The programme which titled ‘Ardhi Yetu’ is funded by CARE international, coordinated by CARE Tanzania and implemented by Tanzania Natural Resource Forum (TNRF).

Community and government planning together for climate resilient growth: issues and opportunities from Longido, Monduli and Ngorongoro Districts, northern Tanzania

Authors: Ally Msangi, Joseph Rutabingwa, Victor Kaiza, Antonio Allegretti - September 2014, IIED, London

Planning for climate resilience growth is increasingly important for the natural resource dependent economy of Tanzania. Central government does not have the knowledge, reach, skills or resources needed to plan for the range of livelihoods within Tanzania; but local governments, if granted the authority and resources, could plan with communities in the flexible, timely and appropriate manner that climate variability demands. Research conducted in three pastoral and agro-pastoral districts in northern Tanzania identified the constraints being faced within formal and customary planning processes. The roles of communities and local governments urgently need to be rethought, bringing their skills together to achieve greater climate resilience.

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Dar to Host Regional Timber Trade Forum

Press Release

The city of Dar es Salaam is set to host the 2nd Annual East Africa Timber Trade Stakeholders Forum to be held at the Giraffe Ocean Hotel from 28th - 29th May 2014.
 
This year’s Forum is set to help coordinate solutions to the illegal and unsustainable timber trade in Tanzania, Kenya and Mozambique.  It is a follow up to last year’s meeting when participants from the region first came together to assess regional timber trade needs and actions.

 
Over 50 participants from various sectors involved in conservation and timber trade are expected to attend this meeting organized by TRAFFIC, WWF and the Tanzania Natural Resource Forum. 
 
The illegal trade in timber represents a significant loss in local and national revenues, with estimates for the continent as a whole indicating loses of over $17 billion per year.  In the eastern Africa region the illegal timber trade is also a driver of environmental degradation.  What is needed to reverse these negative impacts is better knowledge of how the illegal trade functions at various scales, improved law enforcement and positive incentives for a legal and sustainable trade.  These needs will be discussed at this Forum meeting bringing together participants from regional bodies like SADC and EAC together with national forest departments, researchers, the private sector and international timber trade experts. 
 
The Forum will also seek to influence current and future interventions on timber trade through sharing new information and aims to develop an agreed set of actions to go forward over the next year.
 
For more information please contact John Kabubu on +255 687 206 184 or email jkabubu@wwfesarpo.org

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