Mpingo, the East African Blackwood tree, is used to make clarinets and oboes, and is the medium of choice for local wood carvers. Its dark, lustrous heartwood is one of the most valuable timbers in the world. >>
The tree is under-threat from over-exploitation and could become commercially extinct. However it also has great potential to act as a flagship for conservation of the coastal forests and miombo woodlands of East Africa. >>
The Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative aims to conserve these endangered forests by promoting sustainable and socially equitable harvesting of mpingo and other valuable timber stocks.
Our work spans three major aspects:
CHANGE OF NAME
The Mpingo Conservation Project has changed its name to the Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative, MCDI for short.
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