Panasonic Join Hands to Support Environmental Conservation and Poverty Reduction through use of Solar Lanterns

Sep 12, 2017

Dare Salaam, September 12 –The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Panasonic Corporation, signed an Agreement in July 2017 to support “conservation and Poverty Reduction through using Solar Lanterns for communities around the Nature Forest Reserves in Tanzania.  The project is implemented by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism in Tanzania(MNRT).  Today, 12th September, 2017 we are pleased to receive a total of 600 solar lanterns that will be used by communities surrounding 12 Forest Nature reserves in Tanzania through a project titled, “Enhancing the Forest Nature Reserves Networks in Tanzania”

This project which started in 2015 and which is expected to end in 2020, aims at supporting conservation and Poverty Reduction divided into two components, the first component supports the continued expansion of the reserves and the second focuses on enhancing the financial sustainability of the 12 forest nature reserves.

Representatives of communities from 12 Nature Forest Reserves in Tanzania shall today receive Solar Lanterns Kits which are expected to benefit members of the village environment committees in each Nature Forest Reserve including the rangers in specific ranger posts, villagers and community groups

The overall aim is to improve the planning, operations and governance of the new Forest nature reserves at the same time ensuring the conservation status and boundaries are secure.  The project further aims at supporting the human resource, infrastructure and equipment required to manage the Forest Nature reserves and to strengthen the governance and sharing of benefits accrued from the Forest nature reserves.  The capacity of the Tanzania Forest section will also be strengthened.

It is expected that the Forest Nature reserve will eventually be able to generate financial resources to cover the full costs of their own management.  To reach this end, UNDP is facilitating public-private partnerships in the commercial development of tourism and recreational facilities and services in the Forest Nature Reserves. The project aims to market destinations, attractions, facilities and services of the forest Nature reserves to the general public in Tanzania and beyond. Other income-generating activities in targeted activities will also be encouraged and supported during the project lifetime.

The Panasonic solar lanterns will specifically benefit, the conservators in the Forest Nature Reserves, rangers, Members of the village environment committees, and communities in villages close to Nature Reserves.  More specifically, 600 laterns will be distributed in 12 Nature Reserves namely;

Mkingu, Magamba, Chome, Amani, Kilombero, Nilo, Uluguru, Rungwe, Rondo, Minziro, Uzungwa and Mt Hanang.

Back ground information about Protected Areas & NFRs

Protected Areas (PAs) provide the principal instrument utilized by the Tanzanian Government to conserve the nation’s biodiversity heritage. Different categories of PAs exist in Tanzania and have different legal requirements, ownership and tenure. Tanzania's PAs are grouped into seven categories, according to the degree of protection offered to the land and wildlife. These are (in order of greatest to least protection): National Parks (NP); Forest Nature Reserves (FNR); Game Reserves (GR); Forest Reserves (FR); Conservation Areas (CA); Partial Game Reserves (PGR) and Game Controlled Areas (GCA). The national PA system currently includes: 16 National Parks; 12 Forest Nature Reserves; 34 Game Reserves; one Conservation Area (Ngorongoro Conservation Area);43 Game Controlled Areas and 621 Forest Reserves, which together cover 1,744,900 hectares, or more than 18% of the country. In addition, there are 14 Wildlife Management Areas (WMA), three Biosphere Reserves[1] and several hundred Village Forest Reserves (VFR) which foster sustainable natural resource use, and act as dispersal areas for wildlife. Collectively, these conservation areas cover about 27% of the country’s land surface area.

About UNDP

UNDP partners with partners all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. We are on the ground in almost 170 countries including Tanzania where we have been supporting the Tanzanian Government since 1978 to improve the lives of the people through broad practice areas of democratic governance, Climate change & energy, Environment & Natural resources, Private sector development and Capacity development.

About Panasonic

Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and engineering of electronic technologies and solutions for customers in residential, non-residential, mobility and personal applications. Since its founding in 1918, the company has expanded globally and now operates around 500 consolidated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 7.74 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2014. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company strives to create a better life and a better world for its customers. For more information about Panasonic, please visit the company's website at

Joint project of The Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism (MNRT), The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Panasonic Corporation, Japan.

[1] Serengeti-Ngorogoro; Lake Manyara and East Usambara Biosphere Reserve.

For further information please contact;

Ms. Gertrude Lyatuu

UNDP Programme Specialist Environment and & Natural Resource management

Senior Environment Officer

Mobile:0784 622 088 or email:

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Stella Vuzo

UN Information Center Dar es Salaam; Mobile:0767100902 or email:

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