Mvomero residents urged to embrace the rights of local communities

20Nov 2021
Beatrice Philemon
The Guardian
Mvomero residents urged to embrace the rights of local communities

MVOMERO District Council in Morogoro region will soon start to capacitate residents in three villages to engage in Community Based Forest Management (CBFM) to enable them to have rights and take full ownership of their forest resources.

Mvomero district executive director, Hassani Njema made the remarks here yesterday when briefing journalists who visited the area to see what has been done to support villagers to engage in CBFM activities within their village land.

Villages that will benefit with the program are Kipangilo, Njeula and Matare.

So far, a total of 91 villages in Mvomero District have been able to develop land use plans within their localities while 10 villages have been able to allocate village land forest reserve for CBFM.

“At the district level we have managed to assist villagers to develop by-laws for forest management, develop land use plan whereas they have allocated land forest reserves, plots for sustainable charcoal making and timber harvesting, agriculture and other activities.

Mvomero District has a total of 130 villages, among them, 91 villages have already developed land use plans, formulate by-laws for forest management and establish village land forest reserves within their localities.

Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG) Communication Officer, Bettie Luwuge said the successes recorded in the district are due to implementation of a four years project dubbed: Conserving Forests through Sustainable Forest Based Enterprise Support in Tanzania CoForEST (2019-2022) with funding from Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SFC).

The project is now implemented in seven districts namely Kilosa, Mvomero, Morogoro, Liwale, Nachingwea Ruangwa and Kilolo.

The project is being implemented by Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG) and Tanzania Community Forest Conservation Network (MJUMITA).

The main goal is to achieve sustainable pro-community natural forest management that transforms the economics and governance of forest product value chains and contributed to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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