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East Africa Metals prospecting Magambazi hill and surrounding area - PHOTO COURTESY CANACO RESOURCES INC. | Coastweek

TANGA Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Prominent Magambazi Hill forms part of the Magambazi Forest Reserve in the Handeni District of Tanga Region. The surrounding district close to Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coastal city of Tanga is an important conservation area and boasts the biologically important coastal and mangrove forest ecosystem of Tanzania’s "Coastal Forests of Eastern Africa Hotspot". PHOTO COURTESY CANACO RESOURCES INC.

Tanga port to build botanical garden and protect rare forest cover

DAR ES 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.

Mohamed 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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FURTHER READING:

Profiles of nine coastal forested areas In the Handeni District

Magambazi Forest Reserve in the Handeni District of Tanga Region

East Africa Metals prospecting Magambazi hill and surrounding area

The Importance of Coastal Forests across Kenya and Tanzania

Two ‘Extinct’ trees now re-discovered near Kilwa in Tanzania

           

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