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Plant Conservation Assessment in the Eastern Arc
Mountains and Coastal Forests of Tanzania and Kenya

Home Page Project Overview List of Targeted Plant Taxa,
List of Targeted Plant Species,
Subspecies and Varieties, and
links to Conservation Data

Lumuma Valley, Tanzania, looking west to Rubeho Mountains, part of the Eastern Arc
Lumuma Valley

Outline 	map of Eastern Arc and Coastal Forests project area, with Eastern Arc mountain blocs and major offshore islands labeled.  Red line indicates boundary of CEPF funding.  Thanks to John Watkin and Kellee Koenig for providing this map.
Eastern Arc and Coastal Forests Project Area: Map Courtesy of Conservation Mapping Program – CI/CABS

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Project Mission

Our international team assesses and monitors the conservation status of the targeted plants of the Eastern Arc Mountains and Coastal Forests of Tanzania and Kenya, and provides this information to conservation agencies, including IUCN for Red List assessment.

This is the first such project based on primary collection data plus targeted new exploration as a basis for plant conservation assessments. This approach provides the most reliable and comprehensive information for these plants of conservation priority.

Project Goals

» Conduct the first comprehensive evalution of conservation status of each targeted plant of the Eastern Arc Mountains and Coastal Forests in collaboration with IUCN (The World Conservation Union).

» Train East African collaborators and integrate them into a strengthened network of regional resources for this biodiversity hotspot, and develop the infrastructure in East African institutions to conduct this work.

» Compile all existing information on the targeted plants of this hotspot -- including previously published information, data on museum specimens distributed among widely scattered collections, specialist knowledge, new fieldwork, and new conservation assessments  -- into one source that is accessible to all stakeholders.

» Explore and scientifically document the poorly known areas in this biodiversity hotspot.

Project Team

Roy E. Gereau, Project Supervisor, Curator & Tanzania Programme Director, Missouri Botanical Garden
W.R. Quentin Luke, Project Coordinator, Nairobi, Kenya
William J. Kindeketa, Project GIS Specialist & Projects Manager, Tanzania Botanical Research and Conservation Programme (TBRCP), Arusha, Tanzania
Sharon Bodine, Data Specialist, Missouri Botanical Garden
Lenin Festo, Senior Field Botanist, TBRCP
Omari A. Kibure, Field Botanist, TBRCP
Gabriel Simon Laizer, Field Botanist, TBRCP
George Schatz, IUCN Project Liaison, IUCN & Missouri Botanical Garden
Craig Hilton-Taylor, Red List Officer, IUCN
Mike Maunder, Executive Director, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Collaborating Institutions

» Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Missouri USA
» IUCN–The World Conservation Union
» National Herbarium of Tanzania, Tropical Pesticides Research Institute, Arusha, Tanzania
» East African Herbarium, National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi
» Herbarium, Department of Botany, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania  
» CEPF (Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund)
» Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, U.K.
» Committee for Research and Exploration, National Geographic Society
» Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Contact information: roy.gereau@mobot.org

This page was revised 09/12/07.



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