28 Sep 2012

300% INCREASE IN FSC-CERTIFIED FOREST IN TANZANIA

The total area of FSC® certified, community-managed forest in Tanzania has increased by 300% with the additional of Nanjirinji A Village Land Forest Reserve in October 2012.

Nanjirinji covers 61,000 hectares of community-managed forest in a remote area of Southern Tanzania, close to the Selous Game Reserve, and is rich in valuable species such as African backwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), Panga panga (Millettia stuhlmanii) and Bloodwood (Pterocarpus angolensis).

Nanjirinji has joined six other Village Land Forest Reserves (VLFRs) in an Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Forest Management Group Scheme coordinated by Mpingo Conservation and Development Initiative (MCDI), a Tanzanian NGO which aims to initiate community development through the sustainable management and utilisation of forest resources.

The total area of forest covered under the MCDI FSC Group certificate is now 82,000 hectares.