Timeline: 17-24th February 2020
Goal: To equip field-based officials with the knowledge and tools to conserve and restore local forests.
Tanzania Forest Services Agency (TFS)
Save Our Mangroves Now!
International AROCHA Conservation & Hope
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Forest Industries Training Institute (FITI)
Stakeholders strengthened their capacity in effective communication skills for coaching and training.
Following the Training the Trainers model, participants upskilled existing knowledge and improved teaching skills.
Training equipped government staff and field officers to effectively restore mangroves.
What we did
Working to fill mangrove best practice gaps in the Western Indian Ocean region, MAP conducted two community-based ecological mangrove restoration workshops in Tanga as part of the Save Our Mangroves Now! Initiative, an international project led by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Aimed at local stakeholders, the training welcomed field staff from the Tanzanian Forest Service Agency, instructors from the Forestry Training Institute Olmotonyi, and community conservation group leaders.
Through a combination of classroom theory, group work, field trips and presentations, we were able to “train the trainers” on topics vital to mangrove restoration and conservation. Besides learning about mangrove biology and ecology, participants were shown examples of species zoning, taught about the importance of hydrology and biodiversity, discussed how to map a restoration site, and addressed challenges in mudflat afforestation.
“My expectation was to learn only about how to teach the community to conserve the mangrove. But the experience went beyond that as we have learned many important things which I hadn’t understood before, e.g. hydrology, monitoring stressors and to avoid planting in mudflats.”
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