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Safeguarding Tanzania's forests

Forest resource management improvement in Tanzania (1992-99) covered a range of interventions, including the strengthening of national institutions as well as policy and technology enhancements (Reij and Steeds 2003).

When forest care was decentralized to local communities, the management and protection of these woodlands improved remarkably (Wily and Dewees 2001).

Private nurseries were encouraged. They now produce enough seedlings for 3,500 hectares annually. And improved stoves reducing the family firewood requirement by 50% were saving 9,600 tons of wood each year.

These two benefits alone generate a 12% annual return on investment for the overall project.

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Reij, C. and Steeds, D. 2003. Success stories in Africa's drylands: supporting advocates and answering skeptics. Rome: Global Mechanism of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

Wily, L.A. and Dewees, P. A. 2001. From users to custodians: changing relations between people and the state in forest management in Tanzania. World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 2569. Washington, DC: The World Bank.



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