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TNRF participated in Dialogues related to CBNRM and land/forest-based investment

October 2014 was a ‘dialogue’ month linking the South to South and South to North. TNRF engaged effectively in two important dialogues. The first dialogue was the NORAD/WWF Regional CBNRM Dialogue which took place on the 20th and 21st of October in Lusaka, Zambia. The second dialogue was the Initial South-North Dialogue Regarding Investment in Locally Controlled Forests in Tanzania and Mozambique which took place on the 28th and 29th of October in Helsinki, Finland.

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).

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

Draft Local Content Policy of Tanzania for Oil and Gas Industry - 2014 (Call for Comments)

Press Release

The Government released the Natural Gas Policy, 2013 in October 2013 carrying an important message to the public that “Natural gas resource found in Tanzania belongs to the people of the United Republic of Tanzania, and must be managed in a way that benefits the entire Tanzanian society”.

Management of the resource and realization of associated benefits requires concerted efforts to enable adequate participation of Tanzanians along the entire value chain. These efforts will involve, among others, developing relevant specific policies and strategies, and building requisite capacity to Tanzanians and enterprises owned by Tanzanians. It is only through this strategy that the country can walk into the gas economy with “increased level of use of Tanzanian local expertise, goods and services, people, businesses and financing in oil and gas activities

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