With support from Deloitte, the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG) was able to promote a range of conservation activities in the Rubeho Mountains of Eastern Tanzania during the period 2010-2012.
During this project, ownership of forest resources by local communities was increased through the establishment of village forest reserves and pressures on the forests were reduced through livelihood diversification and environmental education. As a result of this project, over 3,500 hectares of rainforest were protected, over 1 million new trees planted, more than 300 farmers now practice more profitable conservation agriculture, fuel efficient cook stoves have been distributed in 6 villages and 30,000 school children are receiving environmental education. Deloitte’s leadership in protecting the rainforests in Rubeho has been recognised by having a new species of frog named after the firm.
Although Deloitte’s support for the project finished in 2013, it’s legacy lives on in other TFCG initiatives that have exploited the successful foundation left behind:
- In 2013, TFCG launched a sustainable charcoal initiative into community based forest management with the aim of providing additional incentives to two villages to maintain their forest reserves. This means that these communities are now earning substantial revenues (> US$ 20,000 p.a) from their village forest reserves, which is in part thanks to Deloitte funding the establishment of these village forest reserves.
- In 2014, Deloitte and UBoC supported the establishment of ten village savings and loans associations in five of the original villages, serving some 267 people (172 women, 95 men). These micro-finance institutions have been extremely popular and are still operational.
- In 2014, TFCG launched a REDD (Reducing Emissions of greenhouse gases from deforestation and forest degradation) readiness project in two of the six Deloitte community forest reserves. The REDD project is to be certified under the Verified Carbon Standard and Climate Community and Biodiversity standards, which aims to generate tradable, verified emission reductions with additional community and biodiversity benefits.
“The team at Deloitte really got behind our rainforest project in Tanzania. They committed to donating more than £300,000 through their own fundraising efforts and we ran a national competition for three of them to go out and visit the project to see the benefits they had brought to local people.”
Heather Hancock, Managing Partner for Innovation and Brand at Deloitte
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