Links of Interest
Our Partner Organisations
- Fauna & Flora International (FFI) - the world's oldest international conservation NGO, and the first to show real interest in mpingo.
- The Environment Africa Trust (EAT)
- WWF Tanzania Programme Office
- The Tanzania Natural Resources Forum (TNRF) - MCDI is a leading member of the Forestry Working Group
- Maliasili Initiatives
- The National Forests Programme of the Tanzanian Government
An FFI programme concerned with all trees which are used to make musical instruments.
- The African Blackwood Conservation Project - an excellent and information-rich site about mpingo, its plight, and Sebastian Chuwa's admirable replanting and education project in Northern Tanzania.
- A report on International Trade in African Blackwood produced by FFI.
- Timbers used for carving in Kenya - the history of wood-carving in East Africa, and details of an innovative project working to diversify species selection by Kenyan carvers.
- Dalbergia melanoxylon: valuable wood from a neglected tree - a brief overview by Dr. Ladislaus Nshubemuki, Director of Forest Production Research at TAFORI.
- Trade and Environment Database entry for mpingo
- A small inventory of mpingo in Nachingwea District - abstract only of a paper published in African Study Monographs.
- A short blog about the making of a radio programme on mpingo.
General miombo links
- The Miombo Network - part of the the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, and the framework for the IGBP study.
- Wilderness Area Factsheet from Conservation International
- WWF Ecoregion profile
- The Miombo in Transition: Woodlands and Welfare in Africa - an excellent book on miombo by Bruce Campbell, and available on-line from the CIFOR web-site.
- A paper on the fire ecology of miombo
- An agroforestry project in Malawi
- Modelling policy impacts on miombo exploitation (a CIFOR paper)
- Socio-economic research topics in miombo management (another CIFOR paper)
- Forest Governance in Zambesia, Mozambique: Chinese Takeaway! - a major report on illegal logging in Mozambique to supply the Chinese market.
- A short quiz and information page about miombo
Coastal forests links
- The Status of Forests in Lindi Region - overview and reports on forests surveyed by Frontier-Tanzania.
- East African Forests - the WWF eco-region profile.
- The Southern Zanzibar-Inhambane coastal forest mosaic - the WWF full report on the eco-region, with a link to a report on an assessment visit to the new Quirimbas National Park in Mozambique.
- The Eastern Arc Mountains and Coastal Forests Biodiversity Hotspot - a fact-sheet from Conservation International.
- Important Bird Areas in the coastal forests
- The Faunal Biodiversity of the coastal forests - a student web-site.
East African Forest Conservation links
- The National Forestry Programme of Tanzania
- Forest Certification in Mozambique
- The Tanzania Forest Conservation Group
- The Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania
- WWF's Tanzania Programme
- TRAFFIC East Africa
- Forestry, Governance and National Development - TRAFFIC's ground-breaking report on lessons learned from the logging boom in south-eastern Tanzania.
- Bridging the Gap - TRAFFIC's earlier report on the start of the logging boom in south-eastern Tanzania.
- Tropical Secondary Forest Management in Tanzania
- Collaborative Forest Management in Tanzania: Mgori Forest, a case study
- A German-funded Community Forest Management project in Handeni District, Tanzania
- The GoodWood Project - working with Kenyan wood carvers
- Eastern Arc Mountains portal
- The Niassa Reserve in Northern Mozambique
International Forest Conservation links
- The Global Trees Campaign
A joint initiative between FFI and UNEP-WCMC; mpingo is one of the trees highlighted.
- The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) oversees the most rigorous forest certification scheme
- The Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
- The News and background on illegal logging around the world provided by Chatham House
- The African Conservation Foundation - a portal to other African conservation web-sites
- Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism
- Official web site of Lindi and Mtwara regions
Some Non-Internet Sources
Here are a few additional sources which we have found useful but which unfortunately are not available over the internet.
- Beale, D. (1995) Tree! What tree? An ecological economic approach to producing a sustainable mpingo trade (Dalbergia melanoxylon). A dissertation presented for the degree of Master of Science. University of Edinburgh.
- Burgess, N.D. & Clarke, G.P. (editors) (2000) Coastal Forests of Eastern Africa. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland.
- Chidumayo, E.N. (1997) Miombo Ecology and Management. Stockholm Environment Institute.
- FBD (2001) Community-Based Forest Management Guidelines. Forestry and Beekeeping Division, Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Tanzania.
- FFI (1996) The proceedings of the Maputo Workshop; Towards Sustainable Exploitation of Dalbergia melanoxylon, 6-9th November 1995. Fauna & Flora International, UK.
- FFI (2001) Sustainable Production of African Blackwood - Dalbergia melanoxylon. Report of the Technical Workshop held in Dar Es Salaam, 8-10th October 2001. Fauna & Flora International, UK.
- FFI (2002) Sustainable Production of African Blackwood - Dalbergia melanoxylon. Report of the Technical Workshop held in Pemba, 25th-26th February 2002. Fauna & Flora International, UK.
- Lovett, J. (1987) Tree of the month: Dalbergia melanoxylon. Swara 10(2) : 27-28.
- Lovett, J. (1988) Mpingo - the African blackwood. Miombo 2 : 3.
- Milledge, S.A.H. & Kaale, B.K. (2004) Bridging the Gap: Linking Timber Trade with Infrastructure Development and Poverty Eradication Efforts in Southern Tanzania. TRAFFIC East/Southern Africa, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
- Moore, K. & Hall, J.E. (1987) Report of a mission to assess the management and conservation of Dalbergia melanoxylon, or the mpingo, in Tanzania. Unpublished report to United Nations Education Programme, Nairobi.
- Platt, I. & Evison, S. (1994) In-country investigation into the state of knowledge about the conservation and cultivation status of mpingo (Dalbergia melanoxylon) in Tanzania with notes about Mozambique. Unpublished report to Fauna & Flora International, UK.
- Sharman, H. (1995) Investigation into the sustainable management of a tropical timber tree species, using Dalbergia melanoxylon as a case study. A dissertation presented for the degree of Master of Science. University of Edinburgh.