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PFM | An Overview
PMO-RALG in collaboration with Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism has been coordinating the implementation of Participatory Forest Management (PFM) In Local Government authorities in Tanzania since financial year 2003/04.
PFM aims at improving rural livelihoods, economy, natural resources conservation and management through a strategy of power sharing between local communities and statutory agencies.
PMORALG coordinates and facilitates Regions and LGA's in Planning and Implementation of PFM for sustainable Natural Resources Management and utilization. The program is implemented in Morogoro, Iringa, Lindi, Mbeya, Mtwara, Coast, Ruvuma, and Tanga.
By the year 2007, PFM was practiced in 30 Councils and during the same year 4 councils joined to make the number of councils taking part in PFM reach 34.
About 43,827 villagers have been sensitized on the concept of Participatory Forest Management, Villagers take part in establishing small scale projects which are environmental friendly such as (Bee-keeping, growing mushrooms, and fish farming. About 634,000 hectares of Community based forest management (CBFM) in 4 regions of the 18 districts in 230 villages were established as pilot. Also 380,000 hectares of the Joint Forest Management (JFM) in 4 regions in 162 villages were conserved.