Thursday, September 8, 2011
BOUNDARY CLEARANCE AS ONE OF THE MAIN ACTIVITIES TO MAINTAIN AND PROTECT THE FOREST
Among many other activities which ensure forest maintenance and protection, boundary clearance is the best method that ensures the security of the forest by restricting and minimizing wild fires for the sustainable
Utilization of the forest.
Currently Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania (WCST) in collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism under the Forestry and Bee-keeping Division is implementing a REDD project (Reducing Emission from Deforestation and forest Degradation) at Kazimzumbwi forest reserve. One of the activities of the project is boundary clearance surrounding the whole forest with the aim of strengthening forest boundaries, fire lines as well as raising awareness to the adjacent local communities on the demarcation of the forest area avoiding encroachment towards the forest reserve.
The process of clearing the forest boundaries was proposed as one among many other solutions of avoiding boundary/land disputes between the surrounding local people and the management of the forest. In various protected areas where clear boundaries do not exist and continuous vegetation dominates, there has always been threats like recurring wild fires, encroachment by human being for activities like settlement, grazing and agriculture.
Kazimzumbwi forest has been affected by various human activities like charcoal burning and logging which lead to disappearance of threatened plant and animal species just like it seen in the picture during forest patrolling.
Kazimzumbwi was officially declared a forest reserve 1947, and since then various efforts to conserve the forestland have been undertaken such as afforestation, ban of charcoal burning and logging, strong enforcement of forest laws and many more are on the move. Boundary clearance will add value to all these conservation efforts particularly restriction of forest fire and boundary disputes.