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Commission Européenne (CORDIS) 2006

MITMIOMBO Management of Indigenous Tree Species for Ecosystem Restoration and Wood Production in Semi-arid Miombo Woodlands in Eastern Africa

Indigenous Trees Semi-Arid

CORDIS (Service Communautaire d’Information sur la Recherche et le Développement) Commission Européenne

Titre : MITMIOMBO Management of Indigenous Tree Species for Ecosystem Restoration and Wood Production in Semi-arid Miombo Woodlands in Eastern Africa

Région : Afrique de l’Est

Code du projet : 26271 FP6-INCO

Durée : From 2006-11-01 to 2008-10-31

Descriptif
Management of indigenous tree species for the restoration of ecosystems, management of the water balance, provision of resources for rural livelihood, and sustainable production of wood are of great importance in semi-arid East and South Africa. Without effective measures, the deterioration of ecosystems including desertification, and poverty and rural depopulation will increase.
The establishment and management of plantation forests with exotic species have neither fulfilled commercial expectations nor benefited rural populations as much as expected. The management of native trees and forests with the intensive involvement of local communities seems to be a key alternative. Women in particular have shown great interest in establishing and managing tree crops and stands. About 90% of the energy consumption in Tanzania is derived from wood, mostly from overexploited indigenous woodlands.
The project focuses on developing methods for the management of indigenous forests of semi-arid East Africa. Communication and application of established research methods will be organized by initiating experimental studies in Tanzania and integrating it with coaching of Tanzanian researchers. The local farmers and communities will be consulted for knowledge of local needs, expectations and practices. Extension work, and cooperation with researchers in East and South African countries will be initiated.
Experimental and demonstration plots will be established to serve as a staging ground for demonstration and application of study methodologies appropriate for complex stand structures and dynamics, natural regeneration, growth periodicity of trees in the area, and pest problems as tree herbivore interactions. The project activities will also include internal seminars and workshops, several exchange assignments of 1-3 months each in Finland and Tanzania, group visits to experimental sites and local offices, and an international seminar organized in Tanzania.

Participants au projet
Coordinateur : FINNISH FOREST RESEARCH INSTITUTE (Finland)
Participants : SWEDISH UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES, DEPARTMENT OF FOREST ECOLOGY Sweden ; SOKOINE UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE Tanzania ; TANZANIA FORESTRY RESEARCH INSTITUTE Tanzania ; TANZANIA ASSOCIATION OF FORESTERS Tanzania

Budget
Coût total : EUR 191 726
Contribution UE : EUR 189 266

Présentation : Commission Européenne

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