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UN-REDD in Tanzania

Budget: US$ 4.2 million
Timeframe: 18-24 months
Status: Inception Phase
Partner: Forest and Beekeeping Division of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism

The Tanzania UN-REDD Programme

Tanzania has a total of 33.5 million hectares of forests and woodlands according to the Forest Policy document (MNRT 1998), and these support the livelihoods of 87% of the rural poor (Milledge et al. 2007). With such levels of engagement in forests by rural people, Tanzanian forests provide a variety of goods and services including timber for construction and export, non-timber forest products,water supply, carbon storage and other services.

The Tanzania UN-REDD Programme will strengthen Tanzania’s readiness for REDD as a component of the Government’s evolving REDD Strategy, and is integrated with other REDD activities in the country. Interventions are planned over a period of 12 months, laying the ground work for activities in later years. The Initiative is an integral part of the ONE-UN Programme in Tanzania and the Joint Programme on Environment, which has the objective of
‘Increasing Funding for Environment Management from International Environment Funding Mechanisms with a
focus on Climate Change and natural resource management’.

The Tanzania UN-REDD Programme has the following outcomes:

Outcome 1: National governance framework and institutional capacities strengthened for REDD (led by UNDP)

Outcome 2: Increased capacity for capturing REDD elements within National Monitoring, Assessment,
Reporting and Verification Systems (led by FAO and UNEP)

Outcome 3: Improved capacity to manage REDD and provide other forest ecosystem services at district and
local levels (led by UNDP)

Outcome 4: Broad based stakeholder support for REDD in Tanzania (led by UNEP and UNDP)

These outcomes are aligned to the draft National strategy for REDD+ in Tanzania. It is expected that the existing programme of support will also help deliver a longer term package of assistance, linked to the goals of UN REDD and fully harmonized with the Tanzanian REDD+ Strategy and framework documents, and the donor assistance being provided by other countries.