Sokoine University of Agriculture

The role and performance of existing governance structures in prevention and management of wildfires in Miombo woodland, Tanzania

Show simple item record Rija, A. A. Madoffe, S. S. Katani, J. Z. Amanzi, N. S. Midtgaard, F. Zahabu, E. Tarimo, B. C. Mbeyale, G. 2019-01-03T06:30:42Z 2019-01-03T06:30:42Z 2014
dc.description.abstract Although wildfire remains a persistent threat to the forest resources and human livelihood, very limited information exists about the role and performance of existing local governance structures in the prevention and management of wildfires in Miombo woodlands. This study was conducted in nine villages of Handeni, Kilosa and Kilwa Districts, eastern Tanzania to examine how existing local governance structures were actively involved in prevention of wildfires in forests under differing management regimes. All the surveyed villages had both formal and informal governance structures responsible for prevention and management of wildfires with over 50% of respondents aware of their existence. Available formal structures included village councils, Village Environmental Committees (VEC)/Village Natural Resource Committee (VNRC), ward development committees and primary courts. These structures were charged with ensuring security in the respective villages including protecting forests against deforestation and degradation. Despite their existence in every village, most suffered poor coordination, severe under funding and poor support from the villagers who see torching of forests as their sole right to getting access to their livelihoods. The study established that existing local fire management structures are unlikely to guarantee effective prevention of this environmental threat unless the existing impediments are effectively addressed. Management of forest fires should therefore be handled through a well coordinated framework that accommodates all key stakeholders in the country and should empower existing local fire prevention machinery en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NORAD, Sokoine University of Agriculture en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher CCIAM-SUA en_US
dc.subject Forest management regime en_US
dc.subject Human livelihoods en_US
dc.subject Local institutions en_US
dc.subject Miombo forests en_US
dc.subject Wildfires prevention en_US
dc.subject Village governance structures en_US
dc.title The role and performance of existing governance structures in prevention and management of wildfires in Miombo woodland, Tanzania en_US
dc.type Conferencce Proceedings en_US

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