Landscape-Scale Community Centered Ecosystem Conservation Project in Western Tanzania Evaluation Report
This report evaluates The Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation’s (JGI) Landscape-Scale Community Centered Ecosystem Conservation Project in western Tanzania.
The project’s goal was to conserve biodiversity, and protect and restore wildlife habitat in this critical ecosystem. From 2010-14, the project team worked in an area spanning about 1.2 million hectares and incorporating 52 villages.
JGI mainly focused on developing village land use plans through the creation of village management teams focused on this activity. Evaluators found this had been carried out successfully in 10 of 12 villages visited, strengthening dialogue between farmers and agropastoralists, district officers and village leaders, and across villages.
The project also created community-based organizations to manage a critical forest corridor and larger “general lands.” And to build sustainable climate resilience, it pushed the adoption of fuel-efficient stoves. It found the adoption of environmentally-friendly agricultural practices has been mixed.
The most promising project interventions were the application of village land use plan by-laws to improve forest management; private nurseries and woodlots; quality control in coffee processing; and the use of fees for resource use. It noted that JGI should have had greater engagement with government agricultural officers.