FORESTRY & NATURAL RESOURCES PLANS
Activities will be led by DONET supported by TOAM and Dodoma Municipal Council.
F1. Planning and launch of operations
The activity will start with inception and implementation meetings to strengthen cooperation with the local community. DONET staff in collaboration with municipal council officials will carry out field visits and meet with direct and indirect beneficiaries:
- to inform people about the project goal, objectives and activities
- to form a project implementation team with emphasis on village community involvement
- to survey the target groups and select participants
- to review the operation plan with target group
F2. Workshop for preparation of training materials, and selection of appropriate trees
The workshop will bring together expertise on forestry, and agro forestry from research institutions, higher learning institutions and government to obtain their valuable input and advice on training materials and manuals as well as on the types of tree species for afforestation, reforestation and agro forestry. Selecting the appropriate tree species is more complicated than simply identifying trees that can be propagated and used for agroforestry purposes (i.e. trees that can stabilize and enrich topsoils and provide fodder, mulch, and other products). Other factors must also be considered including adaptability to local agroclimatic conditions, fit with the principal production strategy to be promoted, and taking into account male and female farmers’ preferences, cultural beliefs and practices.
F3. Awareness creation meetings on afforestation, reforestation, agroforestry, participatory forest management, climate change and variability, as well as proper use of available natural resources
Community members have experience of climate change but request support to find a suitable adaptation strategy. Meetings will be conducted to educate and sensitize local community members including farmers, pastoralists, agro pastoralists, teachers, charcoal makers, religious groups, village leaders and community groups on the causes and effects of climate change and inculcate workable adaptation strategies. The meetings will take the form of presentations followed by question and discussions on issues relating to the impact of climate change such as frequent flooding and unpredictable rainfall pattern that can impact negatively on agriculture, forestry, water and human health. Also a simple magazine on climate change vulnerability and effects and possible adapting and coping strategies for will be prepared and disseminated to community members.
F4. Training community members on afforestation, nursery management and tree planting
School environmental groups, women’s groups, youth groups, faith based groups and farmers groups will be formed and trained on: kinds of trees with greatest growth potential, types of seedlings available, their sources and costs, methods of planting, caring for and maintaining fast growing trees.
F5. Establishment of tree nursery and distribution of trees – including fruit trees
The project will support school environmental groups, women’s groups, youth groups, faith based groups and farmers groups with nursery equipment and quality seeds for establishment of a tree nursery as part of income generating activities. This aims to ensure smallholder farmers both men and women gain access to high quality seedlings for afforestation, agro forestry and tree gardens (woodlots).
F6. Tree planting through women’s-group and eco-school approach;
Women in Chololo typically make a five-hour round trip on foot once or twice a week to collect firewood, and are major stakeholders in the use of wood and natural resources. Women groups will be supported to establish sustainable woodlots. With proper planning, capacity building and co-ordination, the multiplicity of women groups involved in a wide range of self-help activities and initiatives will be instrumental in the implementation of tree planting initiatives. The project will also mobilize and support the school to establish their own woodlot. Schools are permanent institutions with adequate land, labour, and management capacity, and can shape the future generation’s approach to natural resource management.
F7. Conservation tree planting in degraded land areas and village forest reserves
Community members will be mobilised to plant trees in degraded land areas. Community leaders will be supported to organize tree-planting activities. The project will support provision of seedlings, awareness creation and capacity building.
F8. To facilitate establishment of agro forestry
The project will work with motivated farmers and farmers’ groups to establish and develop agroforestry systems through farmers’ extension approach. Initial training will be provided to farmer leaders to analyse existing conditions, identify priorities, and develop work plans. Subsequent intensive assistance will be provided to farmer groups associated with those farmer leaders to develop nurseries and execute work plans.
F9. Community Based Forest Management
Formation and training of village natural resources committee, preparation and implementation of the forest management plan. The objective is to support the local community to attain sustainable forest management while meeting their needs through secured tenure according to forest policy and guidelines. The following activities will be carried out:
- Educating community members on community based forest management,
- Facilitating the formation and training of village natural resources committee,
- Facilitating survey and demarcation of boundaries of village forest area
- Supporting village natural resources committee to protect the forest
- Facilitating preparation of forest management plan and enforcement.
F10. Village land use planning
Formation and training of village committees, preparation and implementation of the village land use plan. The objective of this activity is to reduce improper land management that results in the degradation of land, forest and ecosystems as well as generating conflict among different land user groups. The village community will be strengthened and supported to develop land use plans and bylaws that will be implemented and enforced to ensure people use that land in the most appropriate way. It will identify areas suitable for crop and livestock production, settlements, woodlands, conservation, beekeeping, and industry in accordance with land policy/land laws. The following activities will be carried out:
- Educating community member on land policy and land laws.
- Facilitating formation and training of village land committees and ward tribunal
- Facilitating survey and demarcation of boundaries of village land and acquiring a certificate of village land
- Formation and training of District Participatory Land Use Planning Team and Village Land Use Planning Team
- Supporting collection of technical data for preparation of village land use plan and preparation of land use plan by laws
- Facilitating registration of village land use plan at district level.