|Town/Region||Kibaha , Kisarawe|
|Country||Tanzania, United Republic of|
|Date||9 Jan 2018|
The project will conduct Sokoke Pipit bird census to establish the current population size in the study site, of which according to IUCN Red List of threatened species, the birds’ population in Ruvu-Coastal Forest Reserve is not known. The project will also assess the conditions of forest ﬂoor which is a critical ecological habitat for the endangered Sokoke bird. Information on forest ﬂoor alterations, modiﬁcations, rate of forest exploitation, density and distribution of Brachystegia tree species will be examined using standard forest survey methods.
Based on the information obtained from population survey and habitat assessment, three days forest management capacity building workshop will be designed and conducted for Village leaders, Reserve managers, District Forest Oﬃcers and Tanzania Forest Service zonal oﬃcials. The main theme of the workshop will be Serving Sokoke Bird in Ruvu-South: Threats and Way Forward. Experts from BirdLife International, Department of Community development and gender of the Kisarawe district council will be invited to facilitate the workshop.
The project will raise community awareness on forest biodiversity, sustainable ecosystem management and gender based nature conservation of Sokoke bird. Adjacent local communities will be invited for the meetings with the aim to reduce forest illegal activities like, encroachment for agriculture, pit sawing, pole cutting and charcoal burning, which are the big threats to the conservation of biodiversity and ecological habitat of the endangered bird species in the reserve.
Lastly, conservation-based Women Economic Groups will be formed in each village to support alternative ways for local people to make a living so as to reduce dependency and exploitation pressure over the forest reserve. Selection of group members will base on socio economic status and marginalization of community member. Groups will be trained on basic entrepreneurship skills and supported to establish tree nurseries, ﬁsh cultivating, and beekeeping and poultry activities.
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