About Miombo Project
The project entitled Mainstreaming Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) in the Miombo Woodlands in Western Tanzania intends to upscale its activities on the energy-switch principle, energy-efficiency, and expansion of livelihood options in the Miombo woodlands.
The project, which started implementing in October 2013, covers the districts of Urambo, Kaliua, and Uyui in Tabora Region, and Mlele in the region of Katavi. It intends to address deforestation and forest degradation in the Miombo woodlands. One of the drivers of the deforestation and degradation, apart from land clearance and burning for agriculture, saw milling, and charcoal production, is tobacco growing.
The goal of the project is to secure ecosystem and biodiversity values while providing a buffer to the Congolian Rain forest, ensuring food security and sustainable livelihoods.
Its purpose is to enable Miombo-dependent communities adopt productive practices that are favorable to biodiversity conservation, reducing carbon emissions from land-use change, and improve livelihoods.
The project initially targeted 12,530 households spread over 28 villages in the project area but because of administrative changes to districts and regions, it is presently directed at 16,096 households in 42 villages. The scaling up will be targeting the additional villages.
To achieve this, biodiversity conservation has to be mainstreamed into economic planning and development, so that agricultural productivity and sustainable livelihoods are improved while simultaneously improving the ecological integrity of the ecosystem, including securing its productivity from negative effects of climate change.
The objective will be achieved through 5 components namely: component 1: Policy regulatory framework and institutional arrangements support Sustainable Forest Management Component 2: Strengthening skills and capacities for knowledge based CBFM/JFM, integrated soil fertility management and land use planning Component 3: Adoption of Sustainable charcoal and energy switch reduce pressure on woodlands; and, Component 4: Markets and technology support expansion of livelihood options to reduce pressure on agriculture and natural resources and increase income in the pilot wards. A fifth smaller component will support project management to ensure delivery of results and impacts.
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