Hon. Jumanne Maghembe (minister of natural resources and tourism) launched the study report on revisiting traffic’s 2007 recommendations to improve forest governance in Tanzania

On 30th August 2016, the Mama Misitu Campaign (MMC) in collaboration with Tanzania Forest Working Group hosted by Tanzania Natural Resource Forum (TNRF) conducted the National Forest Governance Hearing where  the study report on “Revisiting TRAFFIC’S 2007 Recommendations To Improve Forest governance in Tanzania’ was officially launched. The national forest governance hearing brought together various stakeholders such as village communities, timber traders, representative from the local and central government, NGOs and private sector organizations.

Mama Misitu is a communications and advocacy campaign aiming at improving the governance of Tanzania’s forests and reduces illegal harvesting of forest resources so that the people of Tanzania can increasingly benefit from sustainably managed forests. In 2008, the Tanzania Forest Working Group (TFWG) launched the pilot phase of the Mama Misitu Campaign (MMC) in response to the 2007 TRAFFIC report on “Forestry, Governance and National Development: Lessons Learned from a Logging Boom in Southern Tanzania”.

Following adoption of the 2007 TRAFFIC report, there have been substantial changes in the forestry sector that have also brought in new experiences, challenges and lessons.  Some of these developments include the establishment and operationalization of Tanzania Forest Services Agency (TFS), increased forest based investments such as plantation and local communities’ forestry. Increased timber demand has necessitated the need for cross-border efforts to curb illegal timber trade, private sector engagement and strengthening of dialogue on forestry governance between the government and non-state actors. There has also been support from development partners on the implementation of Participatory Forestry Management (PFM) and empowerment of local communities through Reduced Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) as well as private forestland ownership.

To read the full report and policy brief download below:-