|Country||Tanzania, United Republic of|
|Date||29 May 2014|
The decline in puku population in Kilombero Valley has been linked to human activities closer to the floodplain throughout the Kilombero Valley. Increase in the human population and improvements to the transport infrastructure in the valley have led to settlement expansion and an associated increase in pressure on the environment. The miombo woodland is threatened by conversion to farmland and fuel wood extraction. Although evidence of puku decline do exists and that anthropogenic factors have shown to be the main cause, studies linking the distribution of puku as related to environmental conditions are scarce. Of these, none has integrated the environmental (i.e. climate, topography, vegetation, and land-cover) factors to the distribution of puku antelope. Understanding such patterns is useful in exploring population fluctuations as related to environmental factors and in determining habitat preferences. With climate change effects increasingly becoming integral parts in land management plans, the results from this project will bring some insights on climate change issues important for the management of the Kilombero Valley.
This project will be carried out with the main objective of mapping habitat suitability of puku antelope, Kobus vardonii in the Kilombero Valley by linking species distribution to environmental factors (climate, topography, vegetation, and land-cover). Specifically the project will
To reduce pressure on miombo ecosystem, the proposed project will promote raising of tree
seedlings and managing forests in private woodlots, tree farms and agro-forestry practices. Local communities will be trained on tree nursery techniques (raising tree seedlings), establishment of woodlots and agroforestry practices.
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