Many communities rely on forests resources for subsistence and income, particularly in the poorest areas of Tanzania. An estimated 92% of Tanzania’s rural households use firewood as their main fuel.
Coastal forests provide a source of wood for fuel and charcoal, poles for construction, and medicinal plants. They also help to reduce soil erosion, and provide water and rainfall.
Whilst farming is the main livelihood for many people, forest products can provide additional incomes, and often act as a safety net when agricultural yields are low.