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FORVAC (Forestry Value Chain Development)

Forestry and Value Chains Development” (FORVAC), aims to contribute in increasing economic, social and environmental benefits from forests and woodlands while reducing deforestation. The expected main outcome of the project is “improved forest-based income, livelihoods and environmental benefits”. The outcome will be achieved through the accomplishment of the following outputs:

Output 1: Improved value chains and increased private sector involvement in community and government forests:

- Potential commercial and other benefits in the forest-based value chains realized through responsible private sector involvements in the Village Land Forest Reserves (VLFR) under the Community Based Forest Management regime (CBFM).

- Private sector investors increasingly involved in forest reserves managed by TFS.

Output 2: Improved capacities, monitoring systems, legal and policy frameworks in the forest sector:

- Improved capacities at all levels to plan, support, manage and monitor the Community-based Forest Management, Joint Forest Management (JFM) and forest value chains, including operational forest extension, communication services and functional monitoring systems as well as improved and harmonized legal and policy frameworks to guide and improve sustainable forest management and trade procedures.

The implementing agency of the programme is the Forest and Beekeeping Division (FBD) of the Ministry for National Resources and Tourism (MNRT) which will work in close cooperation with Tanzania Forest Service and the President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG).

The role of private sector will be prominent in developing financially feasible value chains. Private sector organizations, particularly entrepreneurs engaged in forest and non-forest products harvesting, processing, transport and marketing will have a key role in the implementation of this intervention. The Programme will support commercialization and improvement of the value chains together with the private sector and NGOs under Community Based Forest Management regime in three clusters: Tanga cluster (Handeni and Kilindi districts), Lindi cluster (Liwale, Ruangwa and Nachingwea districts), and Ruvuma cluster (Namtumbo, Songea and Mbinga districts).

The estimated number of final beneficiaries is 330,000, consisting of local communities, household members and individual persons in eight districts, as well as of private companies and local traders, e.g. sawmills, pit sawing teams, charcoal traders, honey processing and marketing companies and NGOs. The Forest and Beekeeping Division of the MNRT, Tanzania Forest Services Agency and their personnel at local level as well as PO-RALG together with District Councils, Village Councils and VNRCs will benefit from the programme. The Programme stakeholders include other sector ministries, civil society organizations, Community-based Organizations, research institutes and development partners.

The total budget of the Programme is EUR 9.95 million (Finnish contribution) and the implementation will take place over a 48 month period.