African Rainforest Conservancy


Title African Rainforest Conservancy
Director(s) aidforafrica
Date released (year) 2011
Production company aidforafrica
Length 3.23mins
Location Tanzania
Keywords/tags Deforestation, environmentalism,
Link to film
Synopsis The African Rainforest Conservancy   conserves and restores African rainforests by empowering local men, women,   and children through training, community development, research and education   to preserve their natural heritage.


Reviews/discussion This is an advocacy and fund   raising video for Aid for Africa.

From the Institute for Development Studies, an excellent background   reading:



This paper explores the social and   political dynamics and outcomes of so-called participatory forest   conservation by focusing on the interactions between various actors involved   in forest use and control in the East Usambaras, Tanzania. The shift in   dominant development and conservation discourses towards a participatory   approach has had effects on forest conservation in the case study area, as it   is reflected in the State policies, management strategies and actual   practices also in areas with high conservation status. Despite this, there   are shortcomings in the implementation of participatory strategies, and the   shifts of “paradigms” are not total. Earlier approaches, and the problems   related to them, do not disappear although the rhetoric of participatory   forestry and the bottom-up approach spread.

Power and other social relations   within and between the state agencies, community groups and other actors   involved in the conservation and use of natural resources intervene in the   implementation  of  participatory  conservation  projects    greatly,  and  can    lead  to  unintended outcomes and possibly even to   conflicts. Involving “local people” in forest conservation by promoting development   activities and/or sharing the responsibility over forest control does not   make forest conservation a smooth and apolitical process. To be better   adjusted to local contexts, and thus more viable in the longer term,   conservation efforts need to better recognise and address economic and other   power relations between the concerned “interest groups”   as well as institutional constraints at   different levels and in various organisations involved in the control of   protected areas.


Links to other resources Tanzania Forest Conservation Group:

South African policy on community   forestry:

Liz   Alden Wily (2003?) Participatory forest   management in Africa: 31

an overview of progress and issues.

The Food and Agriculture   Organisation has some useful information on community forestry: