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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


Mahenge Mountains, Tanzania, part of the Eastern Arc

Mahenge Mountains

Flower of Lettowianthus stellatus (Annonaceae), a Near-Threatened species found in the Mahenge Mountains, Tanzania

Flower of Lettowianthus stellatus (Annonaceae)

Photos by Sharon Bodine

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Project Overview

» This plant assessment project began February 2005, and current funding from CEPF supports this work through January 2008.

» The study region was initially considered to constitute a single Biodiversity Hotspot, but following a Hotspots reappraisal released in 2005 it nows lies within two Hotspots, the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot and the Coastal Forests of Eastern Africa Hotspot. For much more information about these two components of the study area see the Eastern Arc website and the Coastal Forests of Kenya and Tanzania website.

» Our international team has compiled a list of targeted plant species in the study region.

» The data for the targeted plant species in this region are being collected from all available herbarium collections for the region and previously published information, and are all edited by regional specialists and compiled and available on-line in the TROPICOS database.

» Occurrence data for each targeted plant species are mapped using GIS (Geographical Information Systems) for evaluation with regard to range, survival threat, and level of knowledge.

» Poorly known areas within the study region are explored and their plants are scientifically documented by the project team.

» Conservation status for each targeted species is evaluated by international workshops convened through  IUCN's Red List Initiative.  The first Red Listing Workshop was hosted by the IUCN Tanzania Country Office and held in Dar es Salaam from 27 February to 3 March 2006; and the second workshop was hosted by the IUCN East Africa Regional Office and held in Nairobi from 31 October to 4 November 2006.

First Red Listing Workshop

First Red Listing Workshop
27 February – 3 March 2006
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Second Red Listing Workshop

Second Red Listing Workshop
31 October – 4 November 2006
Nairobi, Kenya

Standing, left to right: Quentin Luke, Said Juma, Mike Maunder, Yahya Abeid, Canisius Kayombo, Elias Mungay, Roy Gereau, Sharon Bodine, Moses Mwangoka, Craig Hilton-Taylor (mostly hidden), Hulda Gideon

Kneeling, left to right: Geoffrey Mwachala, Henk Beentje, Abdulrahaman Issa, William Kindeketa

Left to right: Frank Mbago, George Schatz, Henk Beentje, Herbert Lyaruu, Efrem-Fred Njau, Itambo Malombe, William Kindeketa, Quentin Luke, Geoffrey Mwachala, Vicky Wilkins, Mike Maunder, Peris Kamau, Said Juma, Emily Wabuyele, Hulda Gideon, Paul Ssegawa, Lenin Festo, Elias Mungay, Craig Hilton-Taylor, Charles Leonard

» The East Africa Plant Red List Authority (EAPRLA) reviews and approves conservation assessments of targeted species before delivering them to the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) for publication in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The EAPRLA consists of two members from each of the East African countries and three external members, as follows:

Kenya: Quentin Luke (EAPRLA Focal Point), Geoffrey Mwachala
Tanzania: Henry Ndangalasi, Efrem-Fred Njau
Uganda: Christine Kabuye, James Kalema
External: Henk Beentje (UK), Roy Gereau (USA), Mike Maunder (USA)

This page was revised 09/12/07.



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