PASTORALISTS AND FARMERS LOOSE COALITION

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From 15th to 20th October 2018, Tanzania Natural Resource Forum (TNRF) through Land Governance and Accountability Project supported by Welthaus Graz and DKA both from Austria, conducted District Multstakeholder Forum meetings in Iringa Rural and Chemba districts. The Meetings brought on board district officers (land and legal officers), Ward Executive Officers, Village Executive Officers, Village chairpersons, Community Based Organizations (CBOs) such UMAKWA, Land Right Monitors (LRMs), Pastoralists and Farmers Loose coalition representatives, MBOMIPA Wildlife Management Area’s Chairman, Ward Tribunals’ members, Village land Councils’ members.

The meetings aimed at following on previous meeting resolutions including meeting conducted in September 2017. Therefore, the forum discussed broadly the issues, agree on resolutions and way forward on pertaining land governance and accountability at local level. TNRF established the two fora in 2015 with the purpose of strengthening dialogue among stakeholders through discussion and finding solutions regarding challenges over land tenure security, gender land rights and accountability.

Among others, issues deliberated included  

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UNDERTAKING AN INVENTORY ON MANAGEMENT STATUS OF OLENGAPA RANGELAND MANAGEMENT UNIT

Dates: 14th - 25th October 2018

OLENGAPA is a grazing unit established through Sustainable Range Management Project funded by International Land Coalition (ILC) through ILRI.

Tanzania Natural Resource Forum (TNRF), KINNAPA and the KDC plans to undertake a detailed inventory on the current management status of the grazing unit by mapping the areas encroached, extent and level by picking the Geographical Positioning System (GPS) coordinates on locations of encroachment and the number households within the grazing areas.

The inventory survey builds up after a successful technical visit from Sept 23rd   to 1st Oct 2018 to OLENGAPA - KITETO grazing unit with a team from Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development (MLF), Kiteto District Council (KDC), KINNAPA, TNRF and Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA). The team alleged that it is now very crucial to gather information on actual management status of OLENGAPA before starting the piloting of PRM.

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE

Today, TNRF is participating in the International Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) in London. UK government is hosting an international conference on illegal wildlife trade (IWT) in London on 11 to 12 October 2018.

The illegal wildlife trade is an urgent global issue, which not only threatens some of the world’s most iconic species with extinction, but also damages sustainable economic growth and the livelihoods of vulnerable people in rural communities. It’s worth up to £17 billion per year and is the fourth most lucrative transnational crime after drugs, weapons and human trafficking. The criminals who run this trade do more than damage wildlife – they use networks of corrupt officials and agencies to undermine sustainable development and the rule of law, damaging the livelihood and growth of local communities.

Thus the 2018 conference aims at strengthening international partnership across borders and beyond government and focus on three themes;

Tackling IWT as a serious organized crime

  • Increase collaboration across continents to tackle IWT-associated illicit financial flows and corruption
  • Strengthen networks of IWT law enforcement experts, helping frontline countries to coordinate across the trade routes
  • Improve understanding of the linkages to wider security challenges
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MEDIA ENGAGEMENT AND BREAKFAST DEBATE

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TNRF Breakfast debate
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Tanzania Natural Resource Forum (TNRF) is a member-based network organization. It aims to achieve improved natural resource governance for sustainable rural livelihoods and better conservation outcomes.

Tanzania Natural Resource Forum (TNRF) is implementing an eighteen months project titled Engaging Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) communities and Private Sector (PS) in Advocacy and piloting implementation of the wildlife Corridor Regulations. The goal of this project is to improve wildlife conservation and tourism policy through advocating for policy reforms and piloting the implementation of the new corridor regulation by engaging CSOs, local community institutions, Private Sector and the Government. Through this Project TNRF is expecting to have the following activities;

  • Television Talk Show; TNRF together with the Joint Advocacy Taskforce, Tanzania Private Sector Foundation and Tanzania Parliamentarians Friends of Environment (TAPAFE) will have a live television talk show discussing issues related to contribution of tourism sector to the national economy and challenges facing tourism business and investment climate.  The TV talk will be hosted by TBC - Tuambie Program.
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