Within the framework of ADAP projects, Dr. Urs Bloesch of Adansonia Consulting conducted in 2018 a vegetation inventory of the Mlele Beekeeping Zone (BKZ) and in 2020 a baseline study of the Rungwa River Forest Reserve and the Kululu Village Forest.
Mlele Beekeeping Zone – Community-based management of the Mlele beekeeping zone and livelihoods support, 2002-2020.
The objective of the study was firstly to detect possible changes in vegetation since the previous surveys (Kayombo, Mpinga, Natai, 2013, Mwangulango, 2004), but also to assess new threats.
Thirteen vegetation plots were surveyed during this assessment. In addition, two vegetation transects, each about 10 km long, were delineated and 800 vegetation points were sampled using the Point Centered Quarter Method (PCQM).
Thus, the 2018 vegetation surveys substantially completed the previous list of trees and shrubs. The checklist now includes a total of 123 trees/shrubs with their scientific and Konongo names.
In total, only 28 anthropogenic disturbances have been recorded over an inventory area of about 160 ha. Approximately 80% of the disturbances occurred in the lowlands, which can be explained by the proximity of a main road linking Inyonga to Mpanda.
“The habitats of the Miombo de la Mlele BKZ are well protected. No signs of recent poaching have been detected and no logging has taken place in the last five years (…), mainly due to the community management of the beekeeping area, to regular patrols, but also to the support of beekeeping activities and the awareness campaign conducted by the project. ” Dr. Urs Bloesch, 2018.
Baseline study at Rungwa River and Kululu – Community forests management of the Rungwa corridor project, 2018-2028.
Dr. Urs Bloesch conducted the forest study in Rungwa River Forest Reserve and Kululu Northern Corridor last October with the support of Matana
Levi – ADAP’s livelihoods and natural resources officer, Dicksoni Malembeka – ADAP’s VGS and ecological monitoring supervisorf, Godfrey Sungura – VGS from Majojoro, Fredy Masanja – DFO Sikonge district and Paulo Rugola Benedicto – TFS forester from Mlele District.
The report will be available soon.
Here is a video in English where Dr. Bloesch presents the transect method which is specially adapted for large areas such as Rungwa River (2100 km2) and Kululu (880km2).