Tanzania is a country endowed with abundant natural resources. These include
mineral resources, forest, water, fisheries, wildlife and so many others. The
natural resources contribute substantially to the national economic development
if are sustainably managed, there is good governance and the proceeds derived
from them are wisely used. Though natural resources in Tanzania are owned by all
citizens, the government has been vested with the mandate to oversee their
sustainable management and proper utilization. All the natural resources need to
be sustainably managed and properly utilized without jeopardizing the needs of
the future generations.
Unless poverty in Tanzania is significantly reduced, poor rural communities
living around the vast protected areas have few alternatives to poaching
wildlife and illegally extracting timber resources for their livelihoods. To
address these challenges, good policy and capacity building interventions at the
national and local levels supporting good governance of natural resources are
essential. Such an approach includes development of key policy and legislation,
improved land use utilization and management practices, and promoting
conservation enterprise income generating opportunities, such as tourism, to
help alleviate poverty and sustain biodiversity.
With the funding support from USAID/Tanzania, LEAT, through CEGO-NRM project,
is providing trainings and building capacity in areas of natural resources
management, governance and social accountability monitoring (SAM) to ordinary
citizens in Iringa Rural and Mufindi districts at the district and ward level
(involving district natural resources committees, village environmental and
natural resources committees, village land use management committees, village
land councils and selected villagers). In improving ordinary citizens
livelihoods and reduce poverty levels, the project will further provides
training alternative income generating activities (AIGs) to increase households
and personal income.
Ordinary citizens remain to be key players in the management of natural
resources and are better placed to discharge an oversight role on management of
public resources. Because of this, there is a pertinent need to empower and
equip them with requisite knowledge and tools to enable them to hold accountable
local government bodies which lead enable them to discharge their mandates over
public resources transparently, competently, and accountably. Moreover,
citizens’ engagement in government oversight in natural resources management is
in consonance with the principles of sustainable development, inter and
intragenerational equity and is in keeping with Article 27 of the Constitution
of the United Republic of Tanzania, 1977 that calls upon all citizens to that
the natural resources of the country are utilized assiduously.
The Project seeks to enlist the participation of the citizens in the two
districts in NRM and SAM. It will also enable them to undertake beekeeping
activity as an alternative income generating activity which will steer away the
citizens from undertaking environmentally destructive activities such as illegal
poaching, deforestation and charcoal burning among others. Engaging in
beekeeping will also boost citizens income in project areas which is one of the
ways of reducing poverty in the districts.
Improved accountability and oversight of public resources through increased
This project is implemented for four years (2014-2017) in Iringa Rural and
Mufindi districts. In Selection of these districts was based on the fact that
these districts host key ecological resources including wildlife management
areas, wildlife resources, forests and unprotected areas. LEAT has also good
relationships and is well established in these districts through its past
experience in implementing similar projects, this ensures smooth and successful
implementation of project activities. In the first two years of the project LEAT
is working in 8 villages 4 in each districts i.e., Malinzanga, Idodi, Kitisi,
and Mfyome in Iringa Rural district and Tambalang’ombe, Mapogoro, Utosi, and
Igombavanu in Mufindi district.
To sustain project impacts beyond project timeline, LEAT is working hand in
hand with local Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in planning and
implementing project activities in selected districts. The CBOs are Mtandao wa
Jamii wa Usimamizi wa Misitu Kanda ya Kitapilimwa (MJUMIKK), Matumizi bora ya
Malihai Idodi na Pawaga ( MBOMIPA), African Soil Hives Technology( ASH-TECH) and
Mufindi Vijana Kwa Maendeleo (MUVIMA).
The Project has two intermediate results:
INTERMEDIATE RESULT 1: Citizens and duty bearer’s awareness on proper
management of forests and wildlife resources at district, ward, and village
INTERMEDIATE RESULT 2: Citizens engagement in demanding for accountability
and transparency in the management of forest and wildlife resources improved.
For more information about CEGO-NRM Project contact Dr. Rugemeleza Nshala,
email@example.com, +255 (22)
Lawyers’ Environmental Action Team (LEAT)
Mazingira House, Mazingira Street
P. O. Box 12605
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Tel: +255 22 2780859
Fax: +255 22 2780859
Arresting of Illegal logs
VIONGOZI WA KIJIJI CHA KIBADA WATAKIWA KUFUATA SHERIA ZA NCHI NA KIJIJI KATIKA USIMAMIZI WA MALIASILI ZAO
WANANCHI WA UHAMBILA ACHENI KUHARIBU VYANZO VYA MAJI NA MALIASILI ZENU
International Day for biological biodiversity:
22 May 2017 is International day for biodiversity and this year’s theme is tourism. The UN Convention on biodiversity (CBD) is using this opportunity to promote the value of tourism in significantly reducing threats to, and maintaining or increasing key wildlife populations and biodiversity through tourism revenue. It does mention the need to reduce the negative impacts of tourism but, whereas it sings the supposed values of tourism, it merely whispers the negative impacts.
Tamko la LEAT juu ya Ripoti ya Kamati Maalum ya Rais kuhusu Mchanganyiko wa Madini katika Makontena.