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Entrance Fees Pugu Forest reduced to 10 US$

The Government has reduced entrance fee to forest reserves from 30US$ to 10US$


After long waiting (amendment 2007) the Government has reduced entrance fees to Forest Reserves like Pugu for Tanzanians from 3,000 to 1,500 tshs and for non-citizens from 30US$ to 10 US$ for adults. We fully recommend the price reduction while the Pugu Forest can now be utilised by more environmentally friendly visitors who will in the end outnumber the illegal visitors. By changing the purpose of the forest from an illegal resource into recreational and other environmentally friendly activities it will be possible to recover the forest and turn it into a biodiversity hotspot again.

We are still looking for the official confirmation of this information.

Pugu Forest Manager needs more staff (Januari 2012)

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Forest Department marred by staff shortages.
January 17, 2012 | Posted by admin | International News

by Grace Semfuko, Dar es salaam.

The Department of Forestry of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism is facing shortage of staff to manage the Kazimzumbwi Pugu forests in Dar es salaam.

The decision causes damage to this important natural resource.

The Manager of Pugu forest, Kazimzumbwi and Vikindu Matthew Mwanuo said the forests have a total of only two professionals and eight other employees.

He said following the situation poachers and other iresponsible persons who illegally harvest forest resources destroy its value.

Mister Mwanuo has asked the government to hire workers to halt the destruction of protected areas.

Also coordinator of a network of environmental journalists Emnet Ntapanta Samwel said the public should cooperate with the department in confronting criminals who sabotage the economy.


Nice idea to link historic day to tree planting campaign

Nice idea to link historic day to tree planting campaign (UK)


To commemorate the Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee (February 2012), the Woodland Trust has launched a campaign to plant 6 million trees and commemorative woods. Free tree-planting packs will be distributed as part of the campaign.

We fully support this plan, it is a great idea to link historic events to tree planting and the example should be followed in Tanzania. Pugu Hills Nature Centre already a commemorative Wood of the Pugu Biodiversity is ready to join any plan of this kind.


Site Archive

Pugu Hills' new website to catch up with the dynamics of Dar es Salaam

Some of our guest may be aware of our website upgrade. The "classic" Pugu Hills website dates back to 2001 and was overloaded with references not any longer relevant for the Nature Centre of today. Especially the status of the Pugu Forest Reserve has changed dramatically during the lifetime of the previous website version. Up to 2007 a hike in the Pugu Forest used to be a favourite part of the visit to the Centre for many of our guests.

In 2007 the fees for visiting the reserve were raised to 30 usd for foreigners and as far as we can recall nobody has attempted to obtain a permit. Hiking was after the 2007 amendment to the law organised around the reserve. Like most developments in Tanzania corrections are made to policies, though it may take some time. In February 2012 the permit for visiting the Pugu Forest (and other forest reserves) was reduced to 1,500 tshs for citizens and 10usd for non-citizens. The first groups have already started visiting the Pugu Forest after a long absence. We consider this a reasonable fee, especially if the collected revenue can be reinvested in the conservation and regeneration of the Pugu Forest. The arrangement to obtain a permit are still to be improved and should become somehow similar as the arrangements for a visit to Bongoyo Island opposite the peninsula.

We will need the support of our guests for the "last ditch" opportunity to save what is left of the Pugu (and Kazimzumbwi) Forests. The new website will be more interactive asking the guests  to become involved in the protection of both forest reserves and to share their view on ways to stop further destruction. We actively try to encourage Tanzanian visitors to visit the forest and to get involved, while it is clear that without the interest of the upcoming Tanzanian urban middle class there will be little hope for saving the Pugu Forest for future generations.

An opportunity is created to become involved through the Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania in the implementation of a four year REDD project. The project is aware of the fact that without collaboration of the stakeholders the efforst will be fruitless. In our opnion all world citizens have become "stakeholders" in the protection of any nature on this globe, while further loss of biodiversity and nature will affect us all and the generations after us.

Please get involved, read more ....

The "classic" version of the Pugu Hills website is still accessible as archive. Please feel free to continue using the "classic" website eventhough it is not updated anylonger since September 2011. Some information on the old version will not be moved anymore to the new website.

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