Sustainable timber production for community development


The project aims to enable five villages (10,000 people) from rural communities to sustainably leverage their natural forests, by producing and selling FSC-certified sawn timber. This will add value to the wood, while ensuring the ecological integrity of the forests, and produce enough income to reduce poverty and fund the communities’ own development initiatives, such as access to clean water, education and health care. Planned activities include the purchase of a portable sawmill, support and supervision of an initial harvest of 100m3 of trees, and training of 100 community members in the sustainable production and sale of FSC-certified timber. At the end of the project, all five villages will be earning enough income to fund 100% of their forest management costs, FSC-certificate maintenance and development initiatives (50% of revenue will go to the latter).


The NGO:
Founded in 2004, MCDI (Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative) is a Tanzanian NGO that aims to advance forest conservation and community development in Tanzania by facilitating sustainable and socially equitable use of forest resources.


Photo credit: Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative


April 2017 – March 2020

Kilwa Masoko, South East Tanzania

With whom
Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative (MCDI)