Community-based Natural Woodland Management

Community-based Natural Woodland Management in the Iringa Region of Tanzania

The project aimed at setting up management schemes based on Joint Forest Management Plans. Responsibility was handed over to 22 villages based on the establishment of both ownership and user rights to more than 50,000 hectares of Miombo Woodland. Activities carried out included: the development of a simple system to deal with the inventory of the forests, elaboration of a database, investigation of business opportunities for natural woodland-based products, identification of market constraints, description of price structures and chains of trade, assessment of the levy system's impact on trade and its efficiency, analysis of potential new income-generating activities, the elaboration of marketing strategies and action plans, practical set-up and test-marketing of honey, and the development and testing of a green rural tourism concept.


Services provided by DFE staff

Development of sample-based inventory systems, data base set-up. Calculation of forest production and potential harvesting levels. Facilitation of the mapping process and setting up boundaries for utilisation. Marketing surveys, product descriptions and Marketing Action Plans. Capacity and institution-building and on-the-job training of counterparts.


Most non-timber forest products from the Miombo woodlands will be available at the local markets.



Michael Sheedy Gehlert

Michael Sheedy Gehlert

Forest Supervisor

Mobil +45 20 48 53 33

Karsten Raae

Karsten Raae

Forest Supervisor - Senior Consultant

Mobil +45 25 55 42 00

Danish Forestry Extension
Rolighedsvej 23
1958 Frederiksberg C

CVR-nr. 25096045

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