Forest conservation in Tanzania
- The Tanzanian coastal forests may have no remaining high-value timber in 30 years from now
- Our environmental education programme reached over 36,000 children in Tanzania
Tanzanian forests are threatened by a rapidly rising demand for wood for construction, fuel and unregulated raw timber exports. Our work aims to empower policy makers and local communities to safe-guard forests and improve livelihoods.
We combine forest surveys and modelling to enhance understanding of the drivers and patterns of forest degradation in Tanzania and to facilitate targeted policy interventions [1, 2].
We also team up with social scientists to assess potentials of community-based forest management as part of a recently awarded Darwin Initiative project.
Thanks to funding from People’s Postcode Lottery we developed a film highlighting the importance of forests. This was screened at 83 schools in Tanzania and reached over 36,000 children.
 Ahrends A, et al. (2010) Predictable waves of sequential forest degradation and biodiversity loss spreading from an African city. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 107(33):14556-14561.
 Ahrends A, et al. (2017) Saving Forests, Changing Lives: Current status and trends inthe Tanzanian coastal forests and their woody resources. (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, WWF Tanzania Country Office, Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology, University of East Anglia, TRAFFIC East Africa, UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania).
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We identify drivers and patterns of forest degradation and work with local partners, policy makers and communities to enable targeted interventions.
Our in-country partners include: