Consultancy service for facilitation of planning and awareness of PFM at village level
PFM is a relatively recent concept in Tanzania that has only become enshrined in law since the passing of the new Forest Act in 2002 and Regulations in 2004. Forestry (like other natural resource sectors) does not feature as a high priority in poor rural communities. These two reasons may collectively result in low demand levels during village planning and prioritization sessions. Given the above, the TFCMP project decided that a pool of service providers will be engaged to raise awareness on Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF) modalities as well as facilitate planning of village Participatory Forest Management (PFM) projects in communities with an interest in PFM and in ways that comply with TASAF Funding mechanisms and procedures.
In total 25 districts have been earmarked for TASAF II funding under PFM. Babati district is one of the 6 pilot districts selected in the first phase. Depending on the success of this assignment, the process could be expanded to include additional districts.
The two objectives of the consultancy were:
- To facilitate 15 village level sub-project applications for assistance to establish PFM in 6 districts (total 90 villages) that comply with TASAF application procedures;
- To build the capacity of District Technical Staff to be able to facilitate TASAF II compliant PFM planning processes in the future.