Tanzania's Coastal Forests

Tanzania's coastal forests

Tanzania’s coastal forests are a hotspot for global biodiversity and home to over 700 endemic and near-endemic plant and animal species. Covering one third of the country, the forests also provide vital livelihoods for many rural communities. Despite Tanzania’s forestry regulations, threats from charcoal production and timber logging result in the loss of an estimated 370,000 hectares of forest every year.

Yellow-headed Dwarf GeckoErythina schliebenii seed pod

Working with partners WWF Tanzania, University of East Anglia, UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), Tanzania’s Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH), and TRAFFIC, RBGE are assessing the spread of unregulated logging and its impacts on biodiversity and local livelihoods. 

Comparing data collected in 2005, RBGE have surveyed 10 forest reserves to see how far degradation has spread. Community surveys have been carried out to develop an understanding of how the timber and charcoal trades have impacted on people’s livelihoods, positively or negatively.

There is no formal environmental education in the Tanzanian curriculum and the project is currently working with school children to raise awareness of the value of forests. The film will be screened to approximately 100 schools as part of a WWF Tanzania outreach programme in November and December. Watch this space to see the film!

This project is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Find out more:

www.tanzanianforests.com

Twitter: @TanzanianForest, Facebook: @tanzanianforests

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