SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coastal city of Tanga is set to
establish a coastal forest botanical garden aimed at
conserving and protecting coastal forest cover from
extinction, an expert said on Friday.
Yasin, the brains behind the project and director of
Tanzania eco-Volunteerism (TeV), a Tanga-based
environmental conservation organization, said the
botanical garden was currently being established at Geza
village, 16 kilometers south of the Tanga city.
"The botanical garden is being established as an
attempt at restoring and protecting the patch of coastal
forest reputed to harbor tree species categorized as
endemic and some of them appearing in the red list of
the International Union for Conservation of Nature
threatened species," said Yasin.
He said that the area also boasted of biologically
important coastal and mangrove forest ecosystem of
Tanzania’s Coastal Forests of Eastern Africa Hotspot.
Yasin added the overall objectives of the project was
development of the botanical garden as an institution
for conservation, education and research.
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