• The Nature Forest Reserve

    The Nature Forest Reserve (NFR) category of protected area (PA) offers the highest level of protection under the National Forest Act of Tanzania. FNRs are state-owned and are managed by the Tanzania Forest Services (TFS) Agency. No extraction of woody or animal species is allowed in these FNRs and activities are generally restricted to research, education and nature-based tourism. Todate, Eight (8) FNRs of Amani (8,380ha); Uluguru (24,115ha); Kilombero (134,511ha); Nilo (6,225ha); Rungwe (13,652ha); Magamba (9,283ha); Chome (14,283ha) and Mkingu (23,388ha) have been formally proclaimed. A further four (4) sites representing centers of high biodiversity and endemism namely; Uzungwa Scarp (32,763ha), Rondo Plateau (14,000ha); Minziro (25,000ha) and Mount Hanang (5,871ha) have been proposed for proclamation as FNRs. It is expected that, by December 2016 the four proposed FNRs will be fully proclaimed, making the total of 12 officially fully proclaimed NFRs in Tanzania. A parellell process is ongoing to submit a dossier to the UNESCO Commission for advancing a number of these NFRs to a World Heritage Status. The world Heritage Dossier is at an advanced stage for submission to the UNESCO WH commission.