ITF has formed partnerships with two leading community based NGOs in Tanzania.
The first project, Conserving high biodiversity forests in the Udzungwa Mountains of Tanzania is about to get underway in the Udzungwa Mountains of Tanzania located in Kilombero District, Morogoro Region and Mufindi District, Iringa Region. This promising initiative aims to protect the Uzungwa Scarp Forest Reserve, a reserve that is owned by the Central Government. The project will work with the surrounding villages to promote reforestation and sustainable use of the forest.
The second project is in partnership with the Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative. This highly innovative work is based around a community FSC certification programme. The project aim is to improve understanding of environmental factors affecting timber quality in African blackwood and other miombo species. In this way the project will enable better sustainable management and harvesting of this resource to support forest conservation and poverty alleviation in rural communities through participatory forestry.
Watch this space for reports on these two exciting new projects.