Tanzanian botanists, William Kindeketa, Canisius Kayombo and Shabani Soah have completed fieldwork to survey the extent of degradation in the coastal forests.
The team visited ten forests, collecting data from over 20 hectares. The forests included Chitoa, Litipo, Rondo, Mitarure, Ngarama North, Tong’omba, Kiwengoma, Ngumburuni, Mchungu, and Ruvu South.
Living and cut trees were counted and measured to assess the level of timber extraction. Species and the amount of standing carbon was also recorded.
The data will be analysed over the coming months to see if current levels of timber extraction are sustainable, or whether extraction has led to negative impacts on the forests’ natural capital.