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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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