Land Use Planning and Resource Assessment in Tanzania: A Case Study

The baseline information on natural resources needed for effective development planning is conventionally provided by surveys. But, in many countries, large surveys have often been undertaken without establishing the users of the information, how it will be used and the institutional capacity to use it. Much unnecessary information gathered by costly surveys has been underutilised and effectively lost.
Land use planning remains largely sectorised and unintegrated, is usually centralised and is mainly topdown. There remains little effective participation by beneficiaries in the process.
This report presents the results of preliminary research into these issues in Tanzania carried out by the Institute of Resource Assessment, University of Dar es Salaam, in collaboration with the International
Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London. It is a case study undertaken as part of a wider research project being coordinated by the Environmental Planning Group of IIED.

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