We started our business in Kenya in 2006, then we slowly expanded to Uganda. Our work in these two countries has grown in capacity over the years, and made a difference for many people and areas. Better Globe Forestry is developing steadily, and now we are considering expanding to yet another country in Eastern Africa. At the end of March, Jan Vandenabeele, our forest master, visited Tanzania to investigate the conditions for planting.

The purpose of the visit was to acquire knowledge of the Tanzanian forest landscape and its actors, get in touch with and select people and institutions in three different categories (the state, the academic world, the private sector) to be members of the future editorial committee for Tanzania and possibly choose, or just initiate  the process of selecting, a potential country representative for Tanzania.

Möte med företrädare i Tanzania. Skogsmästare Jan Vandenabeele är den andra personen från vänster.

Meeting with representatives in Tanzania. Forest master Jan Vandenabeele is the second person from the left.

We were very well received, from day one in Mafinga to Morogoro to Dar es Salaam. During the visit, we had the privilege of visiting the Southern Highlands Forestry & Wood Industries Trade Fair in Mafinga, organized by The Private Forestry Program. This was the first of its kind, and quite interesting. The entire forestry sector was represented, as well as commercial actors, including three companies that sell sawmills, one that sells ovens, various wood products, and presentations of companies that plant trees.

This was a very good networking opportunity. We got in touch with most of the important stakeholders in the Tanzanian forestry industry, with some exceptions such as Green Resources and Form International. Miti and its function was shared with the people that we spoke to, and other background information about Better Globe Forestry.

Motsvarigheten till Skogsvårdsstyrelsen i Tanzania

The equivalent of the Forestry Commission in Tanzania

In Tanzania there are potential sites for planting melia volkensii (Mukau), in the areas of Dodoma, Shingida and Tabora (a semi-desert area with an average annual rainfall of 400-800 mm, which is 1100 meters above sea level). Information from some experts indicates that melia azedarach (Zedrak) will grow high in the Ifakara area.

During the visit, we had meetings with forestry actors from the Tanzanian Tree Growers Association Union, the Tanzania Forestry Service and the World Wildlife Fund. Everyone showed great support of Better Globe Forestry’s interventions in Tanzania. We are now ready to embark on this new adventure. Tanzania, here we come!

Article originally published on www.betterglobemedia.com.

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