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Making Community Forest Enterprises Deliver for Livelihoods and Conservation in Tanzania – case study

This study contributes to documenting some emergent community forest enterprises in Tanzania and their impacts on forest conservation and the livelihoods of local communities. The study does this by providing detailed case reviews of three different models of community forest enterprise involving sustainable timber, sustainable charcoal, and carbon offsets from natural forests (REDD+) carried out in different parts of the country. The three models have been developed and facilitated by entrepreneurial Tanzanian NGOs or social enterprises, working in close partnership with local communities, district governments, and other stakeholders.

Trupin, R., T. Morgan-Brown, H. Doulton and F. Nelson. 2018. Making Community Forest Enterprises Deliver for Livelihoods and Conservation in Tanzania. Maliasili and Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group.

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Tools to Make Scientifically Sound Decisions about Trade-Offs between Different Conservation Actions: A Case Study from the Greater Mahale Ecosystem,Tanzania – workshop summary report

JGI and WCS organized a second/follow up workshop to build off the lessons learned in the first workshop and delve deeper into how decision support tools can be leveraged to inform complex planning decisions.  The second workshop was aligned with a conservation action planning workshop that was also planned for the region so as to take advantage of synergies in data collection and processing.

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Meeting Report: Using Marxan as a tool to make scientifically sound decisions considering trade-offs involving conservation actions and development under climate change–A Case Study from the Kilimanjaro Ecosystem, Kenya/Tanzania

ABCG members, African Wildlife Foundation, Jane Goodall Institute and the Wildlife Conservation Society worked together to develop and trial a decision framework that allows planners to integrate the objectives of climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, biodiversity conservation, and economic development into landscape level planning. The objective was to help identify and prioritize areas that will achieve both conservation and mitigation gains, to maximize return on limited conservation and REDD+ resources, while also minimizing the opportunity cost of conservation. The project is predicated on the notion that by getting the right stakeholders in the room and then providing them with better access to data and a methodology to integrate that data into the decision making process, more informed decisions can be made about future land-use in each the landscapes.

The aim of this report is to provide a summary of the two-day meeting. The meeting was well attended with members of USAID, Birdlife, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI), Tanzania Ministry of Energy and Minerals, School of Field Studies, and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

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Meeting Report: Navigating Trade-offs in Landscape Scale Planning: Biodiversity, Oil, Timber, Carbon and Agriculture — A case study of the Murchison-Semliki Landscape

This was the second workshop in Murchison-Semliki Landscape (WCS) in Kampala (July 2, 2013) that brought together 20+ representatives from government, industry, donor, NGO, and academic institutions to present findings from the refined analysis and discuss communication strategy.

Based on feedback of attendees at the first workshop (in Kampala on 27-28th August 2012 for conservation managers, planners, members of the development community and government), WCS updated the data used in the analysis over the course of the next year and refined the scenarios and included in the analysis. The results of the more refined analysis were presented at workshop on July 3rd at the Metropole Hotel in Kampala. The aim of this report is to provide a summary of the meeting. The agenda for this workshop can be found in Appendix 1. The meeting was well attended with members of ministries of the government of Uganda, international and national NGOs, Makere University, industry (Total Oil), and members of the strategic environmental assessment team for oil in Uganda.

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Meeting Report: Using Marxan as a tool to make scientifically sound decisions considering trade-offs involving conservation actions and development under climate change–A Case Study from the Greater Mahale Ecosystem, Tanzania

The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) with technical support from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) held a two day workshop at the JGI’s Education Center in Kigoma on 23-24th of May 2013 to expose conservation managers, planners, members of the development community and government to these relatively new tools and how they can be used to make better decisions for all concerned. The team aimed to do this through analyzing a case study of the trade-offs between biodiversity conservation, carbon sequestration and development in the Greater Mahale Ecosystem in western Tanzania.

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Exploring alternative non-traditional food security strategies to leverage conservation: Insights from case study analysis in southern Zambia – summary report

African Wildlife Foundation carried out in-depth assessments of the operations of two relatively novel community-based livelihood strategies–goat production in Siavonga District, and fish farming in Chiawa Game Management Area of Lower Zambezi. 

AWF’s analysis sought to assess whether communities can improve and value local conservation and ecosystem protection, while improving their lives at the same time.

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Tradeoffs in Landscape Planning: A Case Study from The Murchison-Semliki Landscape – slide presentation

Rapid population growth, human-forced climate change and the quest of economic development is changing how governments and local communities view the landscapes they live in. In the past decade we have seen significant changes to ecosystems as they have been reshaped to meet the demands of a variety of stakeholders from subsistence farmers, to forestry and extractive industries. In allocating scarce conservation resources from funding sources like REDD+, stakeholders that include governments, local communities and large scale industrial developers have been challenged to deliver co-benefits for biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihoods through the protection of ecosystem services.Dan Segan However it is not clear whether there are always win-wins for the environment and the development community. Using the Marxan decision support tool, we outline a scenario planning based approach to landscape analysis designed to allow different stakeholders to identify clear land-use objectives, explore trade-offs in achieving those objectives and promote thoughtful and informed land-use decisions. We discuss the experiences in applying the methodology in three East African landscapes.

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The Impact of The New Constitution of Kenya and the National Land Policy on Community Conservation Objectives in Kenya: A case Study of the Northern Rangelands Trust – final report

This paper assesses the provisions of new constitution and the national land policy to determine the opportunities therein for growth of community conservancies in Kenya. The paper assesses the extent to which the envisaged land reforms will affect strategies already developed by the community conservancies, discusses the adjustments required to be made to those strategies and highlights opportunities in the reform process for engagement by the conservancies. Being exploratory in nature, the opportunities are only highlighted and initial recommendations made for action.

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