|Town/Region||Mwiba Wildlife Ranch|
|Country||Tanzania, United Republic of|
|Date||25 Nov 2019|
The project aims at suppressing an invasive chronic weed, Gutenbegia cordifolia using natural extracts of a medicinal species, Artemisia annua. The project aims at controlling the weed from continuing invading foraging grounds for herbivores, which are the target species. The weed is unpalatable to herbivores as it contains germacranolides, toxic substances that causes allergies to especially ungulates such as (Equus quagga) Zebra, (Connochaetes taurinus) wilderbeest, (Hippotragus equinus) Roan Antelope and sub- ungulates such (Loxodonta africana), the African elephant. This has affected the rangelands along the Serengeti ecosystem, and hence Mwiba is one of the affected sites along the ecosystem that requires an urgent conservation action to exclude the weed from continuing damaging herbivores' foraging grounds.
Also, will consider monitoring undesired effects of using extracts of Artemisia annua to native vegetation to preserve the purpose of conservation. Further, the project will conduct conservation awareness programs to local communities at the village on invasive species and the damage they bring to native vegetation. This will be facilitated through outreaches and workshops, where leaflets and flyers (written in Swahili, the national language) will be supplied to enable transfer the message and educate a larger group.
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