Mradi wa Usimamizi wa Mazingira Rufiji (Rufiji Environment Management Project)

Between 1998 and 2003, this IUCN-led intervention in the Rufiji Delta area of Tanzania worked through the Rufiji District Council to develop village environment management plans in consultation with local communities. The project oversaw the effective transfer of resource management authority from the central government to four pilot villages comprising communities in the floodplain and delta areas affected by the flooding of the river downstream of the Selous Game Reserve.

Land-use maps were collaboratively produced by teams of researchers, government officials, and the communities themselves using a combination of modern and traditional means; these maps then formed the basis of participatory land use planning at the village level, focusing on empowering women as prime resource users. The enduring impact of the project has been closer cooperation between communities and local government in preserving the region's delicate socio-ecological balance.



Equator Prize Winner: 2004

Founded: 1998

Location: Rufiji District, Tanzania

Beneficiaries: Villages in the Rufiji River Delta

Biodiversity: Rufiji-Mafia-Kilwa Marine Ramsar site




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 Equator Prize 2004

Sub-Saharan Africa



 Marine and Coastal Resource Management

 Freshwater Management

 Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change



Mr. Abdalla Shah
Project Manager
Rufiji District, Coast Region
Tel: +255-(0) 23- 2402972; +255-(0) 22- 2666088
Fax: + 255-(0) 22- 2668611



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