This is implementation of the directive issued by President John Magufuli who wanted institutions working in the conservation of forests to set boundaries in all areas along forest reserves in the country.
Under the project which will be implemented collaboratively by the Tanzania Forest Services Agency (TFS) and the National Land Use Planning Commission (NLUPC), will see a number of land conflicts in villages surrounding forest reserve areas being addressed.
Speaking during the signing of the agreement in Dar es Salaam, TFS Chief Executive Officer Prof Dos Santos Silayo said that the move is aimed to fight continued forests invasion challenges in the country thus serve the nature.
According g to him, the work has already commenced in eleven villages in various districts of Lindi and Mtwara regions.
“We are working to find the lasting solutions with regard to land disputes as well as invasions in reserved areas. We plan to survey all villages surrounding forest reserve areas to address disputes between authorities and villagers,” he said.
He said that better land use plans will help communities to shun nomadic farming which has greatly been affecting forests and ecosystem in the country.
The director further said that TFS is planning to upgrade five forests in the country to be natural conservation areas to protect biodiversity.
For his part, NLUPC director Dr Stephen Nindi said the programme is aimed at better land use management, land ownership environmental conservation and biodiversity to address land conflicts in villages which are close to the forest reserves.
“The move will also help communities to understand more about forests and their importance, they will be able to protect resources in the reserves for their benefits and the country at large,” he said.