In April, 2010, RCF added a new project to our rainforest conservation efforts, located near and around the Amani Nature Reserve, in surrounding forest fragments and farmland of the East Usambara Mountains of Tanzania.
Led by RCF Advisor to the Board Dr. Norbert Cordeiro (Roosevelt University, Chicago) and Dr. Henry Ndangalasi (University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania), the project works with local residents from 3 villages to conserve and restore the threatened cloud forests and the biocultural diversity of the area.
Dr. Henry Ndangalasi (left) and villagers processing seeds and seedlings in the screenhouse at Emau Hill, Amani.
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The Eastern Arc Mountains are a series of mountains skirting the coastal region of Tanzania with a tiny extension into south-eastern Kenya. This mountain range is renowned for its biodiversity and high levels of endemism, and as a result, is often described as the “Galapagos Islands of Africa.” Within this range lie the East Usambara Mountains of Tanzania, and the 6000 hectare Amani Nature Reserve has given these threatened cloud forests stronger protected status, but much work remains to be done.
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