Ms. Kajenje Magessa

Email

afp654@bangor.ac.uk; kajenjes@yahoo.com

Office Telephone Number

3704

Room Details

S1 Thoday Building, Bangor University, Wales. Deniol Road, Gwynedd, LL57 2UW, United Kingdom

Qualifications

Master of Science in Forestry (MSc. For) at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Morogoro, Tanzania-2011.
Bachelor of Science in Forestry (BSc. For) at Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania- 2008.

PhD Title (or subject area)

What explain the Mismatch between Policy Objectives and Outcomes in Participatory Forest Management in Tanzania?

Supervisors

Dr. Neal Hockley and Dr. Sophie Wynne-Jones

My research

Before the 1980s, centralized forest policies in many countries excluded local communities, resulting in mismanagement of forest resources. In the early 1980s, inclusion of local communities in forest management increased globally. Thereafter in the early 1990s Tanzania shifted from a centralized, state-led policy to Participatory Forest Management, aiming at improving livelihoods, forest condition and governance. Since introduction of Participatory Forest Management many studies of ecological and livelihood impacts of PFM has been conducted, but few studies on whether PFM improved forest governance. Those studies that did address governance were unable to identify the reasons why the approach failed or succeeded (failure of policy or of implementation?). Therefore, my overall research question is: why does the mismatch between policy objectives and outcomes occur in Participatory Forest Management? A case study of Tanzania will be used to answer the research question. The findings from this study will help to contribute to the knowledge on how to improve forest governance in PFM projects as well as to other forms of Community Forest initiatives at regional and global levels.

Research Interests

I'm interested in Forest Governance and Policy Studies, including what explains the mismatch between policy objectives and outcomes in Participatory Forest Management and power struggles in Participatory Forest Management. I also have experience in conservation ecology of critically endangered and near-threatened species (e.g. Distribution and Abundance of Saintpaulia and Streptocarpus Species in Udzungwa Mountain Forests, Tanzania).

Publications

Magessa, K. Mbeyale G.E Kajembe, G.C, and Katani, J.Z (2013). Power Struggles in the Management and Utilization of SULEDO Village Land Forest Reserve, Kiteto District, Tanzania. Tanzania Journal of Forestry and Nature conservation. Volume 82(2) June, 2013, p.50-67.
Magessa, K. Mbeyale G.E Kajembe, G.C, and Katani, J.Z (2013). Socio-economic and institutional factors underlying power struggle in SULEDO Village Land Forest Reserve in Kiteto District, Tanzania. Tanzania Forestry Research Institute Newsletter, Vol. 7 No. 2. December 2013, p. 16-25
Dufie, A. Magessa, K. and Chepkorir, N. (2008). The effect of altitude on butterfly Community visiting Lantana camara in Amani Nature Reserve, Tanzania. Tropical Biology Association, p. 8
Magessa, K, Byakugila, N and Bakengesa. S. The effect of cutting type on the performance and outcome of GC 785, GC796, GC 167, GC 940, and GC 540 cuttings. Submitted for publication in Tanzania Forestry Research Institute Newsletter
Magessa, K and Bakengesa. S. The rooting performance of GC 785, GC796, GC 167, GC 940 and GC 540 cuttings. In Prep.
Byakugila, N. Bakengesa. S. Magessa, K. Growth Performance of GC 785, GC796, GC 167, GC 940 and GC 540. In Prep.
Magessa, K.  Msalilwa, U.  Marco, E and Mwiga, G. Distribution and Abundance of Saintpaulia and Streptocarpus Species in Udzungwa Mountain Forests, Tanzania. In Prep.

Professional Affiliations

Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania.

Biography

I am a PhD student funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK. My research focuses on what explains the mismatch between policy objectives and outcomes in Participatory Forest Management in Tanzania.  I'm working with Tanzania Forestry Research Institute as a Research Officer in the Directorate of Forest Production Research, my duties and responsibilities are to: Develop research proposals, conduct field research, write up research papers, supervise juniors under me and write different reports in my department. I conducted my MSc on Power Struggles in the Management and Utilization of SULEDO Village Land Forest Reserve, Kiteto District, Tanzania.