Forest exploitation and governance in Tanzania
In October 2009, REM, working together with HTSPE
Tanzania, completed a study look at the installation of a new Independent
Monitoring project to tackle the Forest Law Enforcement and Governance
problems in the country. The final report is now available for download.
Following revelations about widespread illegal logging in Tanzania, in
2005 it was first suggested that the implementation of an Independent
Monitor of Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (IMFLEG) might improve
the situation. The objective being to reduce deforestation, increase government
revenues and help protect rural livelihoods. Studies since have reiterated
both the scale of forest crime in Tanzania and the potential benefit an
IMFLEG may bring.
Desk and field research conducted for this study has found that while
illegal commercial logging has fallen considerably from its peak in 2003-2005,
illegal activity remains widespread with respect to all aspects of forestry
in Tanzania, including harvesting, imports/exports, regional and domestic
trade and processing.
A summary table of Recommendations on substantive issues can be found
on page 54 of the scoping mission report.
The appendices to the report also include a proposed Terms of Reference
for a future project and a test field mission report, which has been presented
to the ministry and discussed at length.
REM/HTSPE IM-FLEG scoping mission N°2, Tanzania
scoping mission report, October 2009 : Designing Independent Monitoring
of Forest Law Enforcement and Governance in Tanzania
Proposed Terms of Reference for IMFLEG
2: Test Field Mission Report
List of Persons Consulted
4: List of References
REM IM-FLEG scoping mission N°1, Tanzania
scoping mission report, June 2006
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