Conservation of Ruvu forest through Community based Revegetation Program
In 2020, GICD received a generous support from the Rufford foundation to conserve threatened species and biodiversity in the Ruvu forest reserve. The project aims at restoring and reviving ecological habitats in Ruvu-south coastal forest reserve in Tanzania. The reserve supports Eastern Arc and Coastal Forest endemic vertebrates and Important Bird Area (Baker & Baker, 2002) hosting rare and threatened forest bird species, reptiles, amphibians and plant species endemic to the Swahili Regional Centre of Endemism. The reserve is a fragile ecosystem hosting various endangered and endemic species including the globally endangered bird Anthus sokokensis commonly known as the Sokoke Pipit bird as well as recently discovered critically endangered member of montane clade amphibian spiny-throated reed frogs Hyperolius spinigularis and Hyperolius ruvuensis.
The reserve like other sites of the endangered bird is suffering from continued forest damage from a breakdown of traditional systems of conservation, encroachment, selective logging, pole cutting and intensive charcoal burning. After the training of forest community members and empowering village leaders, this project focuses to replant highly degraded sites in order to help in restoring forest reserve and create ecologically favorable and supportive environment for endangered and threatened species.
More updates about this project will be coming shortly