Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism Ambassador Khamis Kagasheki is today expected to award 2 Regional Commissioners and 1 District Commissioner for their dedicated efforts in conserving the environment in their respective areas.
The awarding ceremony will go in line with the inauguration of the 12th annual general meeting for the Tanzania Forest Conservation Network (MJUMITA) which will be held in Morogoro.
Speaking in an interview yesterday in Morogoro, MJUMITA’s Chairman Revokatus Njau said that other people who will also receive awards include Mkubuluni Village Executive Officer (VEO) in Rufiji district Mwarami Ally Kwamngaya and Kilosa’s Chalime Executive Officer Alhamad Said Ngwambi.
Njau also said that the general meeting will provide a chance for stakeholders to discuss various topics on environment conservation including the forest justice, good governance on forests management, and strategy on how to implement agricultural reserves to the community (Kilimo Hifadhi) as well as discussing the global climatic change that affect the world today.
“Stakeholders in the 12th Annual General meeting will have the chance to discuss and share knowledge on various issues that contribute to the environment conservation, as well as finding solutions to combat the issue of global climatic change,” he said.
The chairman pointed out that through local network meetings and annual national meetings, MJUMITA has brought together more than 6000 community members from 12 regions, 23 districts and 450 villages to discuss participatory forest management.
“MJUMITA has put issues around community rights in participatory forest management more firmly on the political agenda by working successfully with journalists to generate newspaper, radio and television coverage of the issues related to participatory forest management and by raising their concerns with politicians and civil servants,” he said.
“The network has provided support to communities and enabled them to demand and defend their forests’ rights whenever they are being threatened such as in cases where private sectors attempt to occupy the forests for commercial use,” he added.
He also noted that individual networks have succeeded in halting illegal logging and other illegal activities within their forests and bringing to account government staff involved in illegal activities.
He said that the core objectives of MJUMITA is to recognise and help communities living adjacent to the forests and natural reserves to improve their livelihood through several programmes, to sensitise sustainable development and management of forests in Tanzania Mainland through research, trainings, advocacy, networking and developing the capacities of MJUMITA members and other stakeholders and to provide opportunities for MJUMITA members to exchange ideas, experiences on various issues related to sustainable forest management in Tanzania Mainland.
Other objectives are supporting MJUMITA members to work and make meaningful decisions regarding their roles in Participatory Forest Management (PFM) and increase the capacity of Tanzanians living adjacent to forests, to seek for funds and other resources for implementing her core objectives and other interventions aiming at helping MJUMITA to move toward the realizsation of her vision and to build the capacity of local communities to engage meaningfully in the decision making processes for sustainable national conserved and non-conserved forest.