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2009-03-26 | EfD Discussion Paper

Spatial Aspects of Forest Management and Non-Timber Forest Product Extraction in Tanzania

Robinson, Elizabeth J Z and Razack Lokina. 2009. “Spatial Aspects of Forest Management and Non-Timber Forest Product Extraction in Tanzania .” EfD Discussion Paper 09.
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The authors explore the impact of participatory forest management (PFM) in Tanzania that excludes villagers from traditional access to forests to collect non-timber forest products (NTFPs).

Using fieldwork and a spatial-temporal model, they focused on forest degradation and regeneration and villagers’ utility before and after PFM has been introduced. Although the PFM forest improves, they found that a moratorium on NTFP collection often adversely affects villagers’ livelihoods and more distant, less-protected forests.