Towards a sustainable construction procurement: timber supply chain approach in Tanzania

H. Shayoh, Chika Udeaja, Joseph Tah

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Abstract

Sustainability occupies center stage in the worldwide debate about the future of the world. Consequently, mainstream concepts of sustainability as widely adopted by the construction industry are not always applicable for understanding procurement needs in the developing world. Although, the construction procurement has much to contribute to the debate on sustainable development and yet there has been a lack of critical analysis within the industry. There is a broad consensus on basic objectives of sustainable development. However, there is a need to further develop an understanding about what sustainability means to the developing countries, particularly in the area of construction procurement. The purpose of this paper is to explain how broad sweeping economic, social and environmental changes associated with sustainable development are impacting the timber supply chain in Tanzania. Such changes are important from an economic and environmental perspective within the construction industry, especially its supply industries, as well as for wider issues of economic prosperity. This paper contributes to the sustainable development debate in construction procurement, focusing on the role of supply-based timber firms in the rural areas, with the aim of improving processes, creating opportunity for continuous flow of employment and most important availability of the product at affordable price/rate.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2002
Event1st International Conference of CIB W107 on Creating a Sustainable Construction Industry in Developing Countries - Pretoria, South Africa
Duration: 1 Nov 2002 → …

Conference

Conference1st International Conference of CIB W107 on Creating a Sustainable Construction Industry in Developing Countries
Period1/11/02 → …

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