Conservation Education, Alternative Livelihood and Habitat Restoration: The Best Strategies for Conservation of Magombera Forest Reserve

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Anna Mahulu
Ahmed Lugelo
Samuel Mtoka
Kelvin Ngongolo

Abstract

The Magombera forest is a home of endemic and endangered biological species such as Udzungwa red colobus monkey (Procolobus gordonorum) and the Magombera chameleon (Kinyongia magomberae). However, the forest is facing high threat of disappearing through  resources extraction pressure from adjacent local communities. The project aimed at improving conservation of Magombera forest by involving the adjacent communities through provision of conservation education, restoration initiatives and bee keeping as alternative livelihoods. The study revealed that the concept of forest conservation is well supported. Nevertheless, people are extracting resources from the forest for their subsistence. The dependence of the people on the forest is due to lack of alternatives to the forest resources, inability of the people to produce alternatives source of income and little conservation education. The project resulted in a community having a positive attitude change towards conservation. The improved bee keeping was introduced to the community and successfully adopted. About 89% of indigenous trees planted for restoring the degraded area of the forest survived, only 11% of trees planted could not survive.  There is a need to expand the scale of the project by involving many participants particularly youths that showed strong interest in the project.

Keywords:
Magombera forest, alternative livelihood, improved beekeeping, restoration.

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Mahulu, A., Lugelo, A., Mtoka, S., & Ngongolo, K. (2019). Conservation Education, Alternative Livelihood and Habitat Restoration: The Best Strategies for Conservation of Magombera Forest Reserve. Asian Journal of Environment & Ecology, 9(4), 1-9. https://doi.org/10.9734/ajee/2019/v9i430104
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