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Coastal Forests

Introduction

The Coastal Forest descriptions are from three reports:

Clarke, G.P. & Stubblefield, L.K. (1995) Status Reports for 7 Coastal forests in Tanga Region, Tanzania. Frontier Technical Report No. 16. The Society for Environmental Exploration, U.K./University of Dar es Salaam,
Tanzania.

Clarke, G.P. & Dickinson, A. (1995) Status Reports for 11 Coastal forests in Coast Region, Tanzania. Frontier Technical Report No. 17. The Society for Environmental Exploration, U.K./University of Dar es Salaam,
Tanzania.

Clarke, G.P. (1995) Status Reports for 6 Coastal forests in Lindi Region, Tanzania. Frontier Technical Report No. 18. The Society for Environmental Exploration, U.K./University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

These report summarise the findings of the Frontier-Tanzania Coastal Forest Research Programme during the first phase of its operations from July 1989 to April 1994. During this period visits ranging from two days to six months were made to 27 Coastal Forests, where general biological surveys were conducted and assessments made of the extent and condition of the forests. Apart from the forest on Chumbe Island (which is dealt with separately – see Stubblefield & Bayliss, 1994), all of the other forests are included in the three Status Report volumes, which cover each of the administrative regions visited – Tanga Region, Coast Region and Lindi Region, with Pande Game Reserve in Dar es Salaam Region and Kimboza Forest Reserve in Morogoro Region included as an appendix to the Coast Region volume. Some of the information for the forests presented here has been condensed from the more detailed Site Report and Conservation Evaluation documents produced as internal reports by the Frontier-Tanzania Coastal Forest Research Programme. Additional information from collections and visits by other scientists has beenadded where available.

These Status Reports are intended to present a concise summary of the key facts on the biological values, status, recent history and current management of the forests. It is hoped that these reports will be of assistance to conservationists for evaluating the importance of the forests, and to provide the necessary information for setting plans to support their future management. Final editing of the Status Reports was carried out under a separate project set up by Sarah Woodward and Jason Rubens of the Society for Environmental Exploration. Funding for the final editing and publishing of these reports was generously provided by NORAD through the Royal Norwegian Embassy of Dar es Salaam, with additional assistance from the British Council. Earlier drafts for the forests covered in this volume were produced by Julian Bayliss, Michael Brewin and Leigh Stubblefield, as well as by the editor. A draft version of the three volumes of the Status Reports was reviewed by Prof. K.M. Howell of the Department of Zoology & Marine Biology, University of Dar es Salaam.

Last Updated: 20 March 2017