TFCG’s Adding Value to the Arc project has successfully established 11 new village land forest reserves covering 13,892 ha. These new reserves will significantly improve ecological connectivity between Mkingu Nature Reserve and Kanga Forest Reserve, the two main forest blocks in the South Nguru Mountains.

Although deforestation across the South Nguru landscape increased between 2010 and 2016, the rate was significantly lower in the villages with Community Based Forest Management (CBFM), with the lowest rates being recorded in the village land forest reserves. This indicates that CBFM is an effective tool in curbing deforestation.