Support to National Forest and Beekeeping Programme, NFBKP II

The government of Tanzania reformulated its forest policy in 1998, while the supporting laws were endorsed in 2002 and 2004. In addition to this, the government prepared a National Forest and Beekeeping Programme (NFBKP) that guides the implementation of the forest policy. Now the programme is going to be renewed by Finnish funded NFBKP II project. The total grant is 6 000 000 euros.

The implementation of the project was supposed to take place in 2009-2011 but due to poor financial management and disbursement difficulties the project will continue at least until 2014. In 2011 The Forest and Beekeepind Division FBD divided itself. The new Tanzania Forest Service TFS is partly independent, business-like authority, which is responsible of forest areas of the government (approx. 13 000 000 ha), legal and other information services. Finland continues its cooperation with both FBD and TFS. Cooperation with the government plays a crucial role especially in the implementation of natural resource management.

NFBKP Phase II Programme Document
Members of the Natural Resources Committee arrested the man who had cut this tree illegally in Mswaki village in Kilindi region. Photo by Merja MäkeläMembers of the Natural Resources Committee arrested the man who had cut this tree illegally in Mswaki village in Kilindi region. Photo by Merja Mäkelä

Out of the funds allocated so far, approximately one third is directed to supporting Participatory Forest Management (PFM) in 16 districts and the remaining funds are directed to research, forest colleges, law enforcement and to general support of the FBD functions.  The main objective of the NFBKP is the “protection of forest resources and their sustainable use to satisfy local, national and international needs”. Five focal points have been identified in order to achieve this objective:

- the protection and management of forest resources;
- institutions and human resources;
- forest laws;
- forestry and sustainable livelihoods and;
- developing beekeeping activities.

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