Consolidating biodiversity data and information in Eastern Arc Mountains and coastal forests of Tanzania and Kenya

Taita Hills. Photo: Lawrence Wagura

The project, entitled ’Consolidating Biodiversity Data in the Eastern Arc Mountains and Coastal Forests (EACF) of Kenya and Tanzania Region’ is funded by the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund (CEPF). The project commenced in July 2011 to run until June 2014. It is a follow up of the previous five-year (2004–2009) CEPF investment in the region during which BirdLife coordinated a three-year project focusing on instituting a standardised sustainable biodiversity monitoring system in the EACF. The BirdLife International Africa Partnership Secretariat is implementing the project in collaboration with Nature Kenya (BirdLife Partner NGO in Kenya), Tanzania Forest Conservation Group, Conservation International, Birdlife International Tanzania Office and formerly with Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania (WCST). 

The Eastern Arc Mountains and Coastal Forests of Kenya and Tanzania (EACF) region is biologically rich but characterised by a severe degree of threat. This project aims at availing biodiversity and forest change data to leverage REDD+ (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation plus carbon enhancement) and REDD Readiness for the EACF. The project was inspired by the challenge of lack of access to information on the conservation status of biodiversity; a major challenge for conservationists, policy makers and development agencies. Yet this data and information is urgently needed by various actors for diverse applications including  exploiting emerging opportunities.

This project will ensure that these gains are sustained into the future, and will stimulate local civil society to take advantage of up-coming opportunities in the context of climate change, including  especially carbon enhancement REDD+. Capturing such opportunities will increase the likelihood that CEPF’s achievements will be secured well beyond the consolidation phase. In order to achieve these goals, BirdLife will coordinate a process to provide up-to-date data on species, sites and habitats including threats, management and social values to all stakeholders in the form of online portals and databases. To ensure sustainability, synthesis, access and consumption of information BirdLife will publicise EACF information for various groups of stakeholders and reinforce and institutionalise linkages with other national and international monitoring systems in the region to maximise synergies and enhance conservation outcomes.

We therefore call upon stakeholders to share with us information on the EACF in the form of a publication (reports and papers etc.) or if they are currently undertaking any ongoing research on the same, to please send us information using the following  questions as guidelines:

  1. What biodiversity indicator was assessed? (for instance species population, forest extent/cover change, forest disturbance etc.)
  2. In what site in the EACF was this research done?
  3. When was the research done?
  4. What have been the overall conclusions so far?
  5. Kindly indicate the reference/authority to be acknowledged.

Contact: birdlife-africa@birdlife.org

For more information visit http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/info/EAMHome

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