TRADE-OFFS BETWEEN LAND USES IN THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS OF TANZANIA

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TRADE-OFFS BETWEEN LAND USES IN THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS OF TANZANIA

This is the project Under United Nation Enviromental Programme   which is conducted in Tanzania ,Dr Gody Sanga from College of Economics and Business Studies (CoEBS )of Sokoine University of Agriculture is one of the member of the project.

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB ) AgriFood study is conducted in 4 sub catchments to inform land use policies, including agriculture and agroforestry policies, in the Southern Highlands region

  • The study is undertaken in the upper catchment areas of the Great Ruaha and Kilombero Rivers
  • This region is the headwaters for the agriculturally important Kilombero River Basin and eventually the Rufiji River Basin.
  • The Rufiji watershed is critical for Tanzania’s development plans, particularly as they relate to food security, water security, and energy production.

The project’s main objective is to mainstream the values of nature in decision-making by highlighting the several trade-offs made in land-use decisions, which are usually not captured through conventional assessments such as Strategic Impact Assessments

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TEEEB Agrofood Technical committee members are

  1. Mr. Thomas Chali (VPO)                              
  2. Mr. Prosper Makundi (Agriculture)                         
  3. Dr. Severin Kalonga (WWF)        
  4. Eng. Kissina Simlizy (Ministry of water)  
  5. Mr. John Nchimbi (Land use planning)
  6. Theodora Pius (MVIWATA) Small Holders Farmers Association
  7. John Banga Nakei,  (SAGCOT)
  8. Arnold Mapinduzi, (NEMC)
  9. Tebby Joram (Tanzania Forest Services)
  10. Dr. John Richard (Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism)
  1. Joseph Chuwa (Local Government)

TEEB PROJECT SCENARIOS IN THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS OF TANZANIA

  1. Under BAU continue conversion of mountain grasslands to forest and agricultural settlement;
  2. Discontinue conversion of mountain grasslands to agricultural settlement and preserve whatever is remaining;
  3. Implement BRN policy including expansion of dairy farming, horticultural farming etc.
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