Hope for Africa too late for Pugu Forest?

The scenarios for the future of the protected Forest Reserve at Pugu after the loss of the once renowed global plant diversity hotspot can be several.

The Forest Area may look for some time to come like what the major part of the old forest looks like at present, bushland devoid of anything big enough for becoming charcoal.

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Considering the rising prices for land around Dar es Salaam, those who can not effort and have some guts could start encroaching the forest reserve area and first start a small farm and gradually replace temporary structures with more permanent once, until the Pugu Hills have been covered by unplanned settlements.
IMG_5184_200x100 Renewed interest in the Pugu Hills Kaolin may even remove the hills all together by digging them away for their kaolin.

 

 

 

BUT THERE IS HOPE  that the destruction may stop at some stage, have a look at the following documentary of Hope.

 

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Reforestation of Pugu Forest

Pugu Hills Nature Centre is the test ground for regeneration of the Pugu Forest. In the absence of a fence around the Centre some few trees have been illegally cut on the property since 1994 but perhaps more biomass has been added as a result of the fenceless free movement of ground dwellers who will have brought seeds to the area and fertilise it?

The aerial photograph of 1995 (November) compared with the Google Earth images of July 2004, June 2010 and July 2014 shows the forest regeneration of the Pugu Forest at the Pugu Hills Nature Centre. Even the Pugu Forest Reserve which starts at the upper left corner of the images has benefited from our efforts to discourage illegal cutting of trees in the areas.

aerial_photograph_1995 Aerial Photograph Pugu Hills Nature Centre November 1995
aerial-image-pugu-hillls-7-2004 5 July 2004
aerial-image-pugu-hillls-6-2010 6 June 2010
aerial-image-pugu-hills-7-2014 (9 July 2014