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2014 (Vol. 6, Issue: 2)
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The Performance of Community based Forest Management in Tanzania: The Case of Selected Villages in Morogoro District

Dominico B. Kilemo, Imani A. Kikoti, Mary K. Saidia and Duncan Rusule
Corresponding Author:  Dominico B. Kilemo 

Key words:  Community based forest management, village forest reserves, , , , ,
Vol. 6 , (2): 60-65
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December 20, 2012 January 25, 2013 March 20, 2014
Abstract:

Community based forest management is one of the participatory forest management approaches practiced in Tanzania. This paper is based on the study conducted between November, 2008 and February, 2009 in selected villages of Morogoro district. It analyses the performance of community based forest management in selected villages, by considering both policy and practice. Five case study villages namely Fulwe, Kiwege, Muhungamkola, Bagilo and Tegetelo were selected. Six variables were assessed: cooperation; rule compliance; participation in decision making; rule satisfaction; credibility of monitors; and, success in rule enforcement. The study revealed that Muhungamkola and Tegetelo villages have succeeded in the management of village land forest reserves while Fulwe, Kiwege and Bagilo were found to have failed. Success observed in those two villages is attributed to a convincingly high level of peoplesí participation in rule formulation, cooperation, compliance with rules, credible monitors and a highly decreasing trend of illegal activities. The opposite accounts for the failure observed in the other three villages. The study ends with two conclusions: (1) The findings indicate that the performance of monitors differs across the villages depending on the level of commitment, enthusiasm and incentives; (2) The project approach employed in implementing CBFM activities has no far-reaching outcomes, thus is not a sustainable solution to the deforestation problem in Tanzania.
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Dominico B. Kilemo, Imani A. Kikoti, Mary K. Saidia and Duncan Rusule, 2014. The Performance of Community based Forest Management in Tanzania: The Case of Selected Villages in Morogoro District.  Current Research Journal of Biological Sciences, 6(2): 60-65.
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