A Vision for Sustainability in Tanzania

During a recent meeting convened in southern Tanzania by The Forests Dialogue, a Yale-based program, a range of stakeholders discussed their visions of what a sustainable and thriving landscape looks like.

Southern Tanzania is considered the breadbasket of the country due to its concentrated agricultural activities, ample freshwater sources, and soil productivity. But increases in farming, forestry, grazing, and commercial activities are intensifying pressure on the land and its resources.

An ongoing initiative led by The Forests Dialogue (TFD), a Yale-based program, aims to convene diverse stakeholders in the region in a Land Use Dialogue (LUD) focused on sustainable land and resource management.

During a recent three-day LUD meeting a range of stakeholders, including government leaders, private companies and smallholder farmers, discussed their visions of what a sustainable and thriving landscape looks like. After two days of field visits and a daylong plenary dialogue participants identified activities already taking place that support that vision — as well as obstacles that stand in the way.