Who We Are
The Private Forestry Programme – Panda Miti Kibiashara (PFP) is a bilateral Programme between the Governments of Tanzania and Finland. The Programme aims at increasing rural income in the Southern Highlands area of Tanzania through developing sustainable plantation forestry and value addition. One of the main objectives is to support private plantation establishment with the priority on small holder owners, who will also be supported by assisting them in their efforts to establish Tree Growers’ Associations (TGAs) to gain group benefits when entering timber markets. To ensure the future forest plantation management quality, the Programme has an extensive capacity building plan, targeting all levels of the forest product value chain from growers to sawmilling enterprises. Capacity building will also target employment issues in the Southern Highlands’ forestry sector.
To enhance social development in the Southern Highlands, the Programme will promote inclusive and equal participation as well as strengthen the rights of vulnerable groups by ensuring that they are given the opportunity to genuinely involve in the land-use planning processes. To ensure environmental sustainability, the Programme has integrated biodiversity conservation into the land-use planning process and improves biodiversity management in plantation development.
The Programme’s innovative approaches will be evaluated and its best practices disseminated widely within the sector to ensure sustainability and maximize the benefits from used resources. The Programme will also facilitate broad development of the sector by initiating and engaging in dialogue among key stakeholders and by processing proposals for policy, legislative and business development.
The planned 16-year Programme is now in its first Phase (2014-2017). Phase I is implemented by Indufor Oy in partnership with Niras Finland Oy, providing technical assistance services. The Programme works under the guidance of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism of Tanzania and the Embassy of Finland in Dar es Salaam.