Map of Tanzania Tanzania

Total REDD+ Finance Committed:


Total REDD+ Finance Disbursed:


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.


Financing flows and institutions receiving funds committed for REDD+ activities in Tanzania:

Commitments to first and second recipients, 2009-2014


Annual commitments to first recipients by institution type and year

  • Commitments to first and second recipients, 2009-2014

    Chart Description

    The initial institutions or ‘first recipients’ receiving funding for REDD+ activities in Tanzania are predominantly donor government agencies, namely the Royal Norwegian Embassy of Tanzania, which is receiving and redistributing the Government of Norway’s entire commitment of US$80.2 million. Multilateral implementing agents (UNDP and UN-FAO) are receiving 11.5% of the total commitments, while the Government of Tanzania is receiving 2% of contributions (as the recipient of it's own co-financing). International Foundations, Tanzanian Academia and International Consultancies are each receiving less than 1% of committed funding directly from donors.

    Secondary institutions or ‘second recipients’ receiving REDD+ finance are also displayed in the chart. During the period from 2009 to 2014, first recipients had committed around 84% of the total funds promised to them to additional secondary recipients. International foundations are scheduled to pass on 100% of the funding they receive from donors, while multilateral implementing agents and are passing on 78% of the funds they receive. The Royal Norwegian Embassy of Tanzania (donor government agency) is scheduled to pass on to second recipients 86% of the commitments made by the Government of Norway.

    Among second recipients, Tanzanian academic institutions—namely the Sokoine University of Agriculture and the Institute of Resource Assessment at the University of Dar es Salaam—are scheduled to receive the greatest share of funding (US$27.6M). The Government of Tanzania is scheduled to receive the next greatest share (US$16.6M), while a group of five International NGOs and a group of four Tanzanian NGOs are each receiving US$15.9M of the total US$78.4 million passed on to second recipients.

    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).

    Low percentage transfers of funding from first to second recipients and from second to third recipients should not necessarily be seen as a failure to implement REDD+ activities in Tanzania, as recipients may implement activities directly themselves instead of passing funding on to other organizations. A clearer picture will emerge as additional REDDX data collection continues.

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  • Annual commitments to first recipients by institution type and year

    Chart Description

    An annual breakdown of funding committed to first recipients shows that the majority of funding commitments (93%) tracked from 2009-2014 were made in 2009. Of the US$87.5 million committed in 2009, 92% was committed to donor government agencies (Norwegian Embassy), 8% to multilateral implementing agents, and less than 1% to international foundations.

    An additional US$6.2 million was committed in 2010, with the majority (US$4.2M) directed to multilateral implementing agents and a smaller portion committed to the Government of Tanzania as its own 'in-kind' co-financing (US$2M).

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