Harnessing knowledge of the species-rich forests of Tanzania's Arusha region, the Suledo Forest Community has established an effective system of forest management that meets the needs of local people.
After being spurred into action in 1993 by government plans for use of local forests, communities have regained control over land management and have devised a system of unique forest planning zones.
To add weight to community anti-poaching rules, area villages have passed supportive by-laws and members of local communities now patrol each forest zone to ensure enforcement.
As a result of these interventions, villagers have access to a greater range of forest products, including sustainable timber and products such as fruits, nuts, mushrooms and medicines.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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