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Udzungwa Mountains Forest Management and Biodiversity Conservation (UMFM)
National Agency: Forestry and Beekeeping Division (FBD), Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism (MNRT)
Implementing partners: District Catchment Forest Office (DCFO) in collaboration with i.a. the District Natural Resources Office, Iringa District Council, Tanzania National Parks (Tanapa), Frontier (NGO), other NGOs, Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and research organisations.
Duration: 3 years (Phase 1)
Starting date: June 1 st 1999
Overall Budget: DKK 19.97 million ~ USD 2,9 Million
The Udzungwa Mountains' forest resources form part of the Eastern Arc Mountain range and are of economic, social and environmental importance. The forests constitute important sources of timber and non-timber forest products utilised by the local communities. These include building poles, fuelwood, household utensils, traditional medicines, honey, thatching materials and animal protein. The forest resources also provide areas of local cultural importance, constitute critical watersheds for Tanzania's hydro-electric power generation and are internationally recognised as areas of high biodiversity and endemism. Uncontrolled harvesting of forest products and ineffective forest management are the causes for the degradation of the biodiversity resources of the Udzungwa Mountains. A key element of the new Forest Policy (1998) is the emphasis placed on Joint Forest Management (JFM) based on active community participation in the protection, management and use of the Forest Reserves (FR) currently managed by the Central and Local Governments.
Phase 1 will be undertaken with a commitment of long-term follow-up support. The Component includes budgetary provision to support community development ‘micro-project' activities.
The Catchment Forest Reserves selected for first phase are:
The component is managed with the Natural Woodlands Management Project (NWMP) by the Joint Project Management Unit (JPMU). The two components are jointly named: MEMA; which is an abbreviation of Swahili: Matumizi Endelevu ya Misitu ya Asili (Sustainable use of natural forests).
Udzungwa Mountains Forest Management & Biodiversity Conservation (UMFM)
The Bugwood Network
The University of Georgia
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Warnell School of Forest Resources
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