Firms sign contract to protect  forests in Tabora Region

18Feb 2019
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
 Firms sign contract to protect  forests in Tabora Region

THE Tanzania Forest Services (TFS) has signed contract with a UK based firm—RedCop and Tanzania’s Livingway URT Ltd both dealing with carbon trade for protection of forests in Tabora Region.

The project which will cost over 90bn/- (Euros 38 million) will be implemented between 20 and 30 years with purposes of addressing the negative impacts of climate change. The funds will be sourced from different international donors and institutions.

TFS executive officer, Prof Dos Santos Silayo said recently during the signing ceremony between the agency and the companies, held at the Tanzania Forestry Research Institute (TAFORI) in Morogoro Region.

He said the programme to be implemented in Tabora Region is part of the government effort to reduce the causes which leads to climate change. He said the project will also combat the negative impacts of climate change as well as bring development to the people of Tabora.

According to Prof Silayo the project will work closely with stakeholders to ensure successfully identify the opportunities and challenges towards sustainable forest protection and development.

The project will cover 3.6 million hectares of reserved forest, he said.

“We aim at identifying the causes of climate change and enhance forest protection by benefiting rural communities. Residents will be empowered to establish environmental friendly activities which include construction of factories that will add value to their agricultural products”, said Prof Silayo adding the villagers will also be empowered to establish bee keeping projects.

He said agreement is a good start towards enhancing forest protection and boosting the villagers’ income.

RedCop marketing director, Bishop Dr Ernest Irungu said they had started working on the project in April 13, 2013 whereas the government was officially informed in 2014.

He said various researches were conducted in Tabora region as part of preparations before completing all the procedures in 2015.

Director, Livingway URT Ltd, Eston Kasika commended the Ministry for Natural Resources and Tourism for making sure the residents benefit from the available resources.

Kasika said the company will closely work with TFS to ensure successfully implementation of the project.

Coordinator, National Carbon Monitoring Centre (NCMC) at the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) Prof Eliakimu Zahabu said the centre was established purposely to facilitate carbon trade in the country.

NCMC manages an effective national system of measuring, reporting and verification (MRV) of carbon in forest ecosystems for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the international community on behalf of the nation.

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