Partnerships and Governance in Forest Management in Tanzania: Historical and Current Perspectives

Elikana Kalumanga, Mette Fog Olwig, Dan Brockington, Asubisye Mwamfupe

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In many tropical developing countries such as Tanzania, modern forest management has been characterized by top-down state-centric governance. But the growth of participatory management forms, with multiple stakeholders is leading to a plethora of changes to laws and organizational structures and more complex interplay between international interests and local decision making. Participatory management is generally thought to be more sustainable in terms of both local livelihoods and environmental outcomes. But research here is limited. This background paper provides the contextual background required for the New Partnerships for Sustainability (NEPSUS) project’s work on new partnerships in forestry. The background paper examines the historical trajectory in Tanzania as well as at the international context that has led to the current makeup of forest management systems in Tanzania.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCopenhagen
PublisherNepsus Working Paper
Number of pages31
ISBN (Print)978-87-93571-05-1
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • sustainability
  • Partnerships
  • Forestry
  • PArticipatory Forest Management
  • Kilwa
  • Tanzania

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