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Monday, 31 July 2017

Improving Forest Governance in East Africa’s Eastern Arc Mountains

  Philip Antwi-Agyei, Alex Benkenstein and Mercy Mwanikah Ojoyi

SAIIA Policy Briefing No 165, July 2017

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Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme

The Eastern Arc Mountains in Tanzania and Kenya are an ecoregion of great ecological and socio-economic importance. The global significance of this ecoregion is manifested through its role as a carbon sink and as a habitat for a number of endemic and endangered flora and fauna. Despite their importance, the Eastern Arc Mountains are facing significant threats, with an estimated 70% of original forest cover already lost to deforestation and degradation. This briefing explores the threats, policy responses and governance challenges of the Eastern Arc Mountains with a particular focus on Tanzania, where the greater part of this ecoregion is situated.

 

Authors: Philip Antwi-Agyei, Alex Benkenstein and Mercy Mwanikah Ojoyi

Click here to read our article 'Tanzania: Notes from the field'