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Community Tree Planting Hand-over at Mapanda Village, and Mafinga Forestry and Wood Industries Trade Fair.

 

The International Day of Forests (IDF) 2018 occurred on the 21st March. The IDF was initiated by the United Nations to celebrate the beauty and grandeur of the world’s forests and to raise awareness about the importance of trees to the world and human civilization. It is also a day that is used to encourage organizations on a local, national and international level to take action to prevent and reverse the global deforestation. To mark the day, GRL Tanzania Limited (GRL), and Sao Hill Industries Ltd (SHI), took part in two events. The company officially handed over an area of planted land for community woodlots, and took part in the Mafinga Forestry and Wood Industries Trade Fair.

GRL Tanzania Ltd officially handed over to Mapanda Village Community an area of 10 acres planted with Pinus Patula species. The handing over ceremony was officiated by Mr. Victor Kimey (Forest Service Manager) on behalf of the Managing Director of GRL. This new area brings the total planted area provided to Mapanda community to date to 60 acres (of an agreed 100 acres), as part of GRL’s community development commitments. The land is intended to provide communities with access to word resources, provide additional income, with help to reduce deforestation of local indigenous forests. The company prepared land and planted the trees. Upon hand-over the community took responsibility for the maintenance, development, and future harvesting of the site. The Village Chairman, on behalf of the community shall oversee proper implementation of these activities to ensure that the main objective of this project is achieved.

Representatives from GRL and SHI also participated in Forestry and Wood Industries Trade Fair hosted by Private Forestry Programme (PFP) Company in Mafinga. The event took place from 19th to 21st and aimed to enable all in forest and wood industry to showcase their latest products and services, meet with industry partners and customers, and provide opportunities for new business opportunities.

The event involved local and international forest companies, suppliers, training institutions, and different financial institutions. The opening ceremony was officiated by the Regional Commissioner for Iringa and attended by various Regional commissioners for Southern Highland Zone including Ruvuma, Rukwa and Njombe. GRL and SHI was able to engage with various stakeholders, and inform them about the company’s activities as well as displaying various wood products and tree seedlings.

The event was well attended, and provided good opportunities to engage with a range of existing and new stakeholders. It also provided opportunities for GRL and SHI staff to meet with different actors across the Forestry and Wood Industry Sector.

 

Green Resources (GR) strongly believes that private forestry is a key component to help prevent deforestation. The company was pleased to have the opportunity to engage with many different stakeholders on IFD, and bring to light what GR is doing both with its community development, and industrial operations. The company will continue to work on projects which help to prevent deforestation, and to actively engage with actors across the forestry industry.

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