The Mpingo Conservation Development Initiative (MCDI) has made substantial achievements in advancing community forestry in Tanzania, establishing itself as the leading organization in the country – and perhaps the region – working to enable local communities to develop market opportunities from sustainable forest management and timber production.
MCDI coordinates the first and only Forest Stewardship Council community forestry group certificate in Africa, which includes eight villages and a forest area of approximately 102,000 hectares (250,000 acres) within Tanzania’s coastal forest and Miombo woodlands mosaic. FSC certification has enabled the communities to sell timber for a higher value on the international market, creating incentives for local forest conservation measures.
While MCDI has made substantial achievements in advancing community forestry, they continue to seek ways to develop more sustainable models to support and expand community-based forest management and associated value chains. To address this, Maliasili Initiatives is working with MCDI to develop and begin the transition towards a new business model to enhance its sustainability and scalability.
We are supporting this process by facilitating the development and analysis of different business model options, and translating these into a revised strategy and business plan for the organization.