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This study assessed the role of Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) by forest dependent communities in Kilolo District as a strategy to cope with the impacts of climate change.
A total of 107 plant species were identified to be harvested by residents around NDUFR as NTFPs.
The majority of the respondents (81%) perceived that there has been a change in the climate pattern due to increased temperatures and unpredictable rainfalls.
The local peoples’ perceptions on temperature and rainfall patterns were in line with the available climatic data records.
About 43% of the respondents admitted to use NTFPs for subsistence and source of income as a climate change coping strategy.
The study concluded that NTFPs still play a safety net role to assist communities in adverse situation such as crop failure under the current change in climate.
Miss Upendo Msalilwa graduated with a master’s degree in Forestry from Sokoine University, Tanzania.
She is currently employed by the Tanzania Forestry Research Institute as a Research Offer.
She is involved in climate change, adaptation, mitigation and non-timber forest products research.
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