Timber from Tanzania: supporting community forest enterprises
The “Ruvuma Landscape”, as WWF sees it, covers 280,000km2. It is one of the fastest growing regions in East Africa due to the recent discovery of large deposits of oil, gas and other minerals. Both the Mozambique and Tanzanian governments are planning and building major infrastructure, for the extractives industry in particular. Illegal logging, artisanal mining and poaching are already problems in the area. There are risks and opportunities with the new developments. WWF offices in the region, in particular WWF staff Geofrey Mwanjela and Isaac Mulugu, are closely engaged in the planning process and social and environmental impact assessments to increase the chances of these investments driving sustainable development that support local communities.