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Dry Miombo Woodlands conservation project in Tanzania sails on USD 7 Million raft

The Integrated Landscape Management in the Dry Miombo Woodlands of Tanzania is sailing on.

The project is being executed by the Tanzania Forest Service (TFS) in conjunction with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

It is a five-year long conservation undertaking projected to run from 2022 all the way to 2027 at the cost of USD 6.9 Million, funded through the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Phase 7.

The Integrated Landscape Management in the Dry Miombo Woodland of Tanzania will be executed in the Kaliua Landscape, known as the Tabora Zone and the Mlele Landscape of Katavi.

It aims at addressing problems entailing land degradation and loss of biodiversity within the country’s southwest dry Miombo Woodlands.

Somehow both TFS and FAO plan to achieve that through application of collaborative approach in environmental management.

Dr Revocatus Mushumbusi, is the Director General of the Tanzania Forestry Research Institute (TAFORI), who explains that the project is part of the on-going efforts to foster programmatic collaboration with 11 other countries.

The other countries involved in the program include Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan.

Dr Mushumbusi says the initiative will contribute to a paradigm shift in the way dryland landscapes are sustainably utilized and managed to achieve transformative impact at scale.

Tanzania ranks second globally in hosting wide landscapes of Miombo Woodlands that comprise 90 percent of the forest cover in the country.

However the Dry Miombo Woodlands are currently being threatened by an increasing rate of destructive human activities leading to degradation, as well as mass destruction.

Severe effects of climate change, encroachment in forest areas as well as deforestation for mostly charcoal fuel take toll on Miombo woodlands in Tanzania.

The Food and Agriculture (FAO) Assistant Country Representative, Charles Tulahi said it is their focus to conserve natural environment, promote and protect biodiversity and the ozone layer, address climate change and respond to land degradation, and organic pollutants.

“We all know that forests support human livelihoods by providing essential ecosystem services that help agriculture, regulate water flow, stabilize soils, maintain soil fertility, and regulate the climate,” he maintained.

 An estimated 7.3 million hectares of forest disappear from the globe annually.

In Tanzania it is estimated that over 460,000 hectares of forest get annihilated every year.

Tulahi said FAO has been on the front line to support Tanzanians addressing environmental problems.

FAO supports the development of the National Forest Resources Monitoring and Assessment (NARFORMA), review of the Forest Policy and Forest Act; development of the third report of the State of the Environment, and implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT)

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