Tanzania Land Use Planning Workshop April 2017

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April 3-4, 2017, Mbeya Tanzania

With public and private sector investment, the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) aims to triple agricultural output in the region over a 20-year period begging questions like: how can that growth be accommodated without degrading key conservation habitat and ecosystem service delivery areas? Where should investment be directed to meet the interests of regional development, private sector, and conservation stakeholders with divergent agendas? What land use strategies will improve local livelihoods while maintaining a natural resource base that mitigates water scarcity and climate change impacts and sustains wildlife populations? The African Wildlife Foundation and Wildlife Conservation Society will hold a workshop in Mbeya, Tanzania on April 3 & 4 to apply a conservation planning framework that will addresses such questions with appropriate sustainable land-use strategies. Based on spatial scenario analysis, the framework recognizes that the pace of land use change in Tanzania is accelerating as shaped by suite of drivers including population growth, changing resource utilization patterns, infrastructure development and increasingly climate change.

Meeting Goal

Provide a high level introduction to the project for key stakeholders in southwestern Tanzania land use planning (local to global level agencies, industry stakeholders). Project goals and outcomes will be presented with highlights on “informed decision making” tools and pilot planning stages.

 Workshop Objectives

  • Present to stakeholders work that has been done by various organisations in southwestern Tanzania, including analysis of drivers of land use change, biodiversity studies, SAGCOT, pilot planning exercises.
  • Provide an open forum to discuss and prioritise key land use planning objectives and challenges.
  • Identify additional information and data that will contribute to the robustness of the analysis and how this can be included in analysis development.
  • Participatory mapping exercise to identify features of interest (development areas, existing industry, key biological features, etc.)
  • Discuss and seek stakeholder views on key scenarios of future change to incorporate into land use planning.

Click here for the workshop agenda

Download the Tanzania Land Use Planning Fact Sheet here: Scenario-Based Conservation Planning for a Sustainable Future in South-Western Tanzania

For more information, please contact David Williams dwilliams@awf.org

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