Making Investments work for people and forests in Coastal East Africa (CEA)
Development cooperation , 28.06.2013

Making Investments work for people and forests in Coastal East Africa (CEA)

Description

The pressure of natural resources has increased sharply in East Africa in recent years as the WWF Africa Ecological Footprint Report shows. Population growth and food, energy and other commodities rising demand and increase illegal logging cause negative environmental and social issues in particular, if the land use planning and general management regarding the equitable use of natural resources is weak. A rapidly increasing pressure is the growth of large land based investments including those in the forest sector with many involving expansion in plantation forests. Mozambique and Tanzania are particularly experiencing such large investments in a context where tenure rights are weak for communal land and associated resources, despite their importance for livelihoods and adaptation to change, and the incidences of conflicts over land are rising. There is an urgent need to better understand, address and find solutions to these conflicts through multi-sector dialogue so as to ensure that this increased investment can lead to positive impacts for local livelihoods, improvements to forest governance and avoid negative impacts on the environment. The main objective is to strengthen local civil society participation and influence of natural resources, particularly forest use and management decisions and to improve society as a whole to address forest sector investments Tanzania and Mozambique by creating platform for dialogue between civil society and other actors, such as government, private sector and donors. The project will also promote the interaction between civil society actors in natural resource management and use issues in Tanzania, Mozambique, Nepal.The second objective of the project is to increase dialogue and cooperation between North and South between actors so that current and future investment, especially in the forestry sector would be ecologically and socially responsible and beneficial to humans and the environment in East Africa.The project supports the new Finnish development policy program priorities 1)promote human rights, democratic and accountable society and 3)Sustainable management of natural resources and environmental protection by promoting equality and democracy and a fairer and more open discussion about natural resources management which will also help the local population and the wider civil society to adapt better to climate change.

Admittance

  • 2013: 50 000 €

Target region

Sub-Saharan Africa

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Participatory development/Good governance
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate change - adaptation
  • Gender equality

Field of activity

  • Democratic participation and civil society 50%
  • Bio-diversity 20%
  • Forestry policy and administrative management 30%

Type of aid

Project-type interventions

Special target group

  • indigenous peoples / ethnic minorities

Funding channel

Maailman Luonnon Säätiö (WWF) Suomen Rah

Contact

keo-30

Code for the object of funding

28924117

ID

UHA2012-002816

Modified

28.06.2013