Mamiwa Forest Reserve in Ukaguru Mountains, Kilosa District, Morogoro Region, home to over 70 rare bird species, may soon disappear, due to illegal logging, agriculture and mining activities.
This was revealed by Project manager for forest justice in Tanzania Elinas Monga, a project under Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG) during a one-day stakeholders meeting to present results of a disturbance and biodiversity survey to stakeholders in Kilosa district over the weekend.
According to Monga the survey revealed that increased human activities also threatened newly discovered endangered amphibian and bird species scientifically known as probreviceps durirostris and Moreau’s sunbird respectively.
He told 30 participants and stakeholders comprising village executives and district officials explained that the survey was conducted in six sites in the forest to determine the condition of the 14,000-hectare forest located 85 kilometers away from Kilosa district and which supplies water to several villages in Kilosa and Gairo districts.
The forest is surrounded by Nongwe,Masenge,Mkobwe, Mtega East, Mtega West and Mandege villages.
He said that TFCG was conducting researches and regular surveys on the conditions of forests in the country so that the government and relevant organs could act on their findings.