Title: Framing the forests future: a transition to green growth among the forests dependent communities in Mafinga Town Council, Tanzania

Authors: Theobald Frank Theodory

Addresses: Centre for Environment, Poverty and Sustainable Development, Mzumbe University, Mzumbe, Morogoro, Tanzania

Abstract: The green growth concept is becoming relevant in Tanzania's forest value chain as the forests contribute to the country's economic growth. Adoption of the green growth in the forestry sector in Tanzania is predicated on the fact that the socio-economic activities undertaken in the sector are crucial in enhancing the livelihoods and economic growth among the forests dependent communities. This article examines the role of forests in implementing the green growth in Tanzania using Mafinga Town Council as a case study. The article adopted a qualitative research design to obtain data through open-ended questions and focus group discussions. The findings have shown that, forests dependent communities perceive forests farming significant for livelihoods improvement which can be sustainably ensured through adoption of green growth. Execution of green growth practices in the forestry sector in Mafinga is hampered by overlapping forests management, deforestation and forests degradation just to mention a few.

Keywords: forests future; green growth; forests management; forests communities; forests products.

DOI: 10.1504/AJESD.2022.125028

African Journal of Economic and Sustainable Development, 2022 Vol.9 No.1, pp.68 - 85

Received: 23 Feb 2022
Accepted: 08 Jun 2022

Published online: 22 Aug 2022 *

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