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Tanzania’s forests cover just over one-third of the country’s total land area, but pressures on the forest are significant, contributing to an average annual deforestation rate of 1.1%. Agricultural expansion, commercial logging and rising energy needs are the main drivers. Tanzania has developed a National REDD+ Strategy and Action Plan to address these increasing pressures on its forests. This strategy was officially launched in March 2013.

Tanzania is also finalizing the establishment of a National REDD+ Fund to coordinate financing for REDD+ activities in the country, and a National Carbon Monitoring Center to provide centralized, long term monitoring of the nation’s forests and carbon stocks. The REDD+ Fund will be similar to the Tanzania Forest Fund, which supports sustainable conservation and management of forest resources. The government is also finalizing a Social and Environment Safeguard mechanism based on internationally agreed principles and guidance. The REDD+ Readiness process in Tanzania is led by the National REDD+ Task Force with facilitation from the National REDD+ Secretariat.

Overview: REDD+ finance flowing to Tanzania

Tanzania's REDD+ financing landscape is set out below:

Flows of REDD+ finance between donors and first recipients, 2009-2014

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Funds committed and disbursed for REDD+ activities in Tanzania through 2014

Cumulative commitments and disbursements, 2009-2014

  • Flows of REDD+ finance between donors and first recipients, 2009-2014

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    Donor governments account for 93% of all REDD+ finance flowing to Tanzania between 2009 and 2014. The vast majority of these commitments have been made by Norway (US$80.2M), with the governments of Finland (US$4.2M), Germany (US$2.4M), Belgium (US$0.08M), and the UK (US$0.06M) also contributing. Over 92% of this donor government finance is flowing to other donor government agencies as the first recipients.  In general, donor governments are not recipients of international REDD+ finance. However in some instances, specific donor government agencies receive funds from another agency within their own government. Flows of finance from a donor government to another donor government might take place where development aid or climate finance is disbursed from one centralized department within a government with projects/activities implemented by other government agencies. In this case, the Government of Norway is directing its entire REDD+ finance commitment through the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Tanzania.

    A multilateral commitment from the UN-REDD Program to the UNDP (a multilateral implementing agent) accounts for 4.5% of the total US$93.8 million committed through 2014, and funding from the Rockefeller Foundation to the Clinton Foundation accounts for 0.7% of the total funding. Finally, the Tanzanian Government provided US$2 million in ‘in-kind / technical assistance’ funding to fulfill a co-financing requirement of the Government of Finland, representing 2% of total commitments.

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  • Funds committed and disbursed for REDD+ activities in Tanzania through 2014


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    This snapshot of REDD+ financing in Tanzania shows that donor government agencies are primary contributors, with a vast majority of these funds committed by the Government of Norway.  The Government of Norway has committed US$80.2 million, directed through the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Tanzania to a range of International and Tanzanian NGOs, Tanzanian academic institutions, and the Government of Tanzania.

    Over 25% of Norwegian funding directed through the Royal Norwegian Embassy of Tanzania has been committed to the Sokoine University of Agriculture for research focusing on natural resource management and climate change mitigation/adaptation strategies. Other government or public sector institutions scheduled to receive REDD+ funding from the Royal Norwegian Embassy include the Institute of Resources Assessment (IRA), Olmotonyi Forest Training Institute (OFTI) and the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous government of Tanzania.

    International NGOs including Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), CARE international, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) are also scheduled to receive 20% of the Royal Norwegian Embassy funding (US$15.9 million).

    Tanzanian NGOs, including the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG), Mpingo Conservation and Development Initiative (MCDI), Tanzania Traditional Energy Development Organization (TaTEDO) and Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania (WCST) are also receiving 20% of the Royal Norwegian Embassy funding (US$15.9 million).

    The Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism (MNRT) of the United Republic of Tanzania is both a first and second recipient, receiving a total of US$9.1 million from UN-REDD, the Government of Finland, and the Rockefeller Foundation, with the money being channeled through UNDP, UNFAO, and the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Climate Initiative, respectively. It is also receiving an additional US$2,000,000 in co-financing support from the Tanzanian Government itself.

    Finally, the chart also shows the portion of funds flowing to ‘third recipients’ that have been tracked thus far. Three NGOs implementing REDD+ pilot projects with Norwegian funding have distributed REDD+ trial payments to participating communities. In total, REDDX has tracked US$560,000 in trial payments from the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG), the Tanzania Traditional Energy Development and Environment Organization (TaTEDO), and the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF).

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  • Cumulative commitments and disbursements, 2009-2014

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    Total cumulative commitments reached US$87.5 million in 2009 and increased by roughly 7% in 2010, reaching US$93.7 million. These large commitments in 2009 and 2010 reflect multi-year grants which are on-going. Total cumulative REDD+ financial commitments to Tanzania have plateaued since 2010, with only very small small additional commitments made in 2011, 2013 and 2014. Disbursements, in contrast, have continued to flow at a steady rate, totaling US$13.8 million in 2009 (or 16% of commitments) and increasing to US$75.6 million (or 81% of total commitments) by the end of 2014.

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