INTRODUCING PARTICIPATORY RANGELANDS MANAGEMENT (PRM) PROJECT IN NEW CLUSTER IN LONGIDO DISTRICT

On 23rd and 24th November 2020, Tanzania Natural Resources Forum (TNRF) through Participatory Rangeland Management (PRM) held a consultative meeting in Longido District to introduce the PRM project in the new cluster at Oltepesi village after the approval by the technical team. The meeting involved introduction of the project to the District Council officials and Village Council members for support and collaboration throughout the project implementation.

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Consultative meeting with village council at Oltepesi Village
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From the feasibility study results to identify potential sites to pilot PRM, Oltepesi village was found to meet the criteria based on the status of the land tenure security, rangeland connectivity and governance, pastoralism and other livelihood options. Also, to ensure inclusivity of all the stakeholders to the project for transparency. On the first day TNRF met with the district council officials and the second day with the village council for the discussions.

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ADRESSING THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND WEATHER VARIABILITY THROUGH PARTICIPATORY SCENARIO PLANNING (PSP) IN IRINGA RURAL AND SIMANJIRO DISTRICTS.

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PSP - Weather forecast planning
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Participatory Scenario Planning (PSP) is a platform for collective sharing and interpretation of climate/ weather forecasts. PSP is conducted as soon as a seasonal weather forecast is available from Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA). From 9th to 11th and 23rd to 25th November, 2020 TNRF through Ardhi Yetu Project (AYP) plus, in collaboration with TMA and Care Tanzania have conducted PSP in Iringa rural, and Simanjiro districts. The PSP in Simanjiro district also involved representatives from Kiteto district which is also under TNRF areas of AYP plus implementation. During the PSP, forecasters from TMA shared weather forecasts for the Southern highlands and Northern highlands Meteorological zones covering Iringa and Manyara regions respectively. However, Traditional Forecasters using Indigenous Knowledge (IK) also shared their forecasts using traditional indicators according to Hehe and Maasai traditions.

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TRAINING OF LAND RIGHT MONITORS (LRM) FROM KILOSA AND KITETO DISTRICTS, TANZANIA

On 10th and 11th November 2020, the Tanzania Natural Resource Forum (TNRF) through Land Governance, Gender and Accountability project which is one among the project implemented by the organization conducted a training for Land Right Monitors (LRMs) from Kilosa and Kiteto districts at Kingsway way hotel in Morogoro. The training involved  LRMs selected in a meeting with Village leaders, community representatives, farmers and pastoralist representatives, religious leaders, village land council and ward tribunals members from Mbigiri, Mvumi, Mfulu, Mambegwa in Kilosa district and Kimana, Olpopon’g, Laalala and Ngabolo in Kiteto district. Land Right Monitors in this case involve the community representatives (Male and Female) who are democratically selected among community members and receive further training to be trainers of trainees (ToT) in the community.  Therefore, the training was attended by 14 LRMs where 6 were women.

This training aimed at sensitizing LRMs on land laws, women land rights, good governance, land conflicts resolution mechanisms and community engagement with other stakeholders for sustainable land and natural resources management for improved livelihood of communities.

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REVIEW OF STAND FOR HER LAND CAMPAIGN TO IMPOSE CLIMATE CHANGE ISSUES FOR IMPROVED RESILIENCE, ADAPTATION AND PRODUCTIVITY.

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Tanzania Natural Resource Forum (TNRF) through Ardhi Yetu Project plus (AYP Plus) which is funded by Care-International in Denmark through Care International in Tanzania implemented in collaboration with HAKIARDHI and PAICODEO conducted a Stand for Her Land (S4HL) campaign partners meeting to review the campaign strategy. The dialogue was conducted at Stella Maris hotel in Bagamoyo on 13th – 14th November 2020, where it brought together the Secretariat of the Campaign, Objective leads and the members of the Task Force from partners organizations to share lessons and evidences from gendered climate vulnerability assessment (GCVCA) for improved implementation of campaign strategy and AYP gender centered strategic focus i.e. climate change and land rights.

The campaigns strategic areas of focus/ objectives are the following hereunder;

  1. Address cultural norms to overcome societal barriers that prevent women to realize and claim their land rights whether through individual or joint matrimonial ownership, or through protected equal rights to communally owned land, including pastoralist communities;
  2. Promote women’s use of land for economic benefits e.g. sale of produce from land
  3. Increase women’s participation in decision-making bodies/structures and processes in land governance
  4. Promote women’s land rights in regions with land-based investments
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