Mama Misitu Launch Campaign

31/07/2012 - 9:00am
31/07/2012 - 2:00pm

The Mama Misitu Campaign is a communications campaign aimed at improving the governance of Tanzania’s forestry resources and reducing illegal forest harvesting. Ultimately, it’s an effort to ensure that Tanzanian citizens increasingly benefit from sustainably managed forest resources.

The Tanzania Forest Working Group (TFWG), hosted by the Tanzania Natural Resource Forum (TNRF), launched the first phase of the campaign in 2008. The campaign was initiated in response to the 2007 report by TRAFFIC, ‘Forestry, Governance and National Development: lessons learnt from a logging boom in Southern Tanzania’.

This report brought several key issues to light, including revenue shortfalls, large-scale corruption, unsustainable rates of harvesting, and loss of biodiversity. The report recommended community participation in forest management through outreach and advocacy to reduce illegal logging. And based on these recommendations the Mama Misitu Campaign was developed.

Working in eight districts, the second phase of the Mama Misitu Campaign will work to build public, private and non-governmental partnerships, and networks related to sustainable use of forestry and timber resources. Eleven partners will implement the campaign at the national and local levels. The implementing partners for the campaign include TFCG, WWF, Policy Forum, LEAT, WCST, MJUMITA, MCDI, FEMINA, TNRF, JET and TRAFFIC.

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