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Biodiversity of the Pugu Hills

The natural world contains about 8.7 million species, according to a new estimate described by scientists as the most accurate ever. Meaning this could be 2 million species more or less. Pugu Forest has been identified in a UNESCO report as a Regional Centre for plant diversity.

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Last opportunity to save Pugu Forest

The Norwegian Government assists the Ministry of Natural Resources in what can be considered as the "last ditch" opportunity to save the Pugu Forest and its neighboring Kazimzumbwi Forest from complete destruction.

Read more: Piloting Redd in Pugu and Kazimzumbwi Forests

Some considerations regarding protection of nature in Dar es Salaam

The continuous loss of natural habitat and biodiversity in Tanzania is not very different from what took place in Europe at the end of the 19th century. More than hundred years later at the time the average standard of living in the West has improved say ten times, the first reports of the return of indigenous animals and plants are appearing in the media. Although the overall biodiversity in Europe is still declining, forests are doing well and are showing increase in size and biodiversity. Does this mean we would need to wait some hundred years before matters start improving for Nature in Tanzania? 

Read more: Nature Conservation in Dar es Salaam

(translated from Dutch internet article at www.kennislink.nl "Knowledgelink")

Incredible Wealth

Impressive examples of the enormous biodiversity found in tropical rain forests can be provided. Terry Erwin an American entomologist (insect expert =), sprayed in the tropical rain forest of Panama the crowns of large trees of 19 tree species with the same insecticide. Under the trees he collected the dead insects on large sheets. The result stunned the world: it appeared that 1,200 different species of beetles alone had fallen from the tops of which more than 90% were unkown to science. The same technique was used by an ant specialist with a tree crown in Peru and that experiment produced 54 different kinds of ants, more species than are known in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg (BENELUX) together.

Read more: Incredible differences in biodiversity