5 ways Tanzanian communities are using forests to achieve the SDGs

So, you think it's only the big players - governments, private sector and international NGOs - who can make a difference towards achieving the 2020 Sustainable Development Goals? Think again. Let us tell you five ways that rural Tanzanian communities have been sustainably using forests to move us closer to achieving the sustainable development agenda in the last year.

In south-eastern Tanzania, an increasing number of rural villages are joining the global fight to halt deforestation by setting up village forest reserves which they manage for sustainable timber production. The revenues they generate are being used in a variety ways to improve local health and well-being; to provide quality education, clean water and sanitation; and to increase local economic opportunities in their respective villages. In 2016-17 alone, 12 villages invested TZS 214.1M ($98,000) in:


GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING: A village dispensary 20 mattresses and 40 bed sheets for a village health centre 53 birthing kits for expectant mothers | Solar power for the village dispensary


QUALITY EDUCATION: 2 primary school classrooms built (1 in a sub-village) 5 primary school classrooms renovated | School fees paid for 42 secondary school students 48 school desks and 10 school beds




DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH: A Village Office A village guesthouse with 18 rooms | A village marketplace


LIFE ON LAND: 2 motorbikes for forest patrols Safety boots, health insurance and First Aid kits to natural resources committee members Allowances for patrolling forests.