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The Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MOWI) is implementing a 5-year project on Securing Watershed Services Through Sustainable Land Management in the Ruvu and Zigi Catchments (Eastern Arc) in Tanzania, with funds from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through UNDP. The project focuses on the Uluguru and East Usambara Mountains and is being implemented in the districts of Morogoro, Mvomero, Muheza, Mkinga, Korogwe, Tanga, Kisarawe, Kibaha and Bagamoyo districts. The area forms part of the biodiversity-rich Eastern Arc mountains forest chain, and includes some of the most important water catchment areas in the country, which give rise to the Ruvu and Zigi Rivers.
The objective of the project is to ensure that sustainable land management alleviates land degradation through soil protection and erosion control, maintains ecosystem services and improves livelihoods of both men and women in the Ruvu and Zigi catchments. The project has two components: (i) building institutional capacity and strengthening coordination amongst Water Basin Boards and other relevant stakeholders; (ii) implementing practical sustainable Land Management (SLM) interventions to address land degradation in forests, rangelands and farmlands with the overall purpose of securing watershed services and improving livelihoods. Key stakeholders of the project include MOWI, National Land Use Planning Commission (NLUPC), Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries, Ministry of Natural Resources & Tourism, Ministry of Finance and planning, Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Tanzania Forest Services (TFS) and NGOs.
In this background, MOWI in collaboration with UNDP wishes to engage the services of an Individual Consultant with expertise in resource economics, economic analysis and financial planning to undertake a cost/benefit analysis of SLM systems within the Ruvu and Zigi catchments, and develop recommendations for sustainable financing, including a business case for leveraging new streams of public finance.