Tanzania

Tanzania

Just over half of Tanzania’s land area is covered by forests. These forests are almost entirely comprised of naturally regenerated forest, with no remaining native forests, and plantations accounting for just 1%. The annual rate of deforestation for the period 2010-15 was 0.8% (FAO, 2015).

There is widespread illegal logging in the country. It was estimated that the government lost nearly US$60 million in revenue between 2004 and 2005 from the illegal timber trade (TRAFFIC, 2007).

The country’s first comprehensive forest inventory was completed in 2015 as part of the National Forest Resources Monitoring and Assessment project (NAFORMA). This project aims to establish comprehensive and reliable data on Tanzania’s forest resources to facilitate their effective management (FAO, 2015).