“More people, More Trees: Social and Ecological Factors for Tree Cover Distribution in Southern Tanzania”

Niwaeli Kimambo, M.Sc. PhD Student, Department of Geography  University of Wisconsin – Madison

I look at tree cover trajectories for land that is under a protected status, compared to land that is under individual landholding in Southern Tanzania. Tree cover is important for improving habitat connectivity for arboreal primates. I show how natural tree re-growth is suppressed while smallholder land is rapidly transforming to woodlots. I investigate the ecological factors suppressing regeneration and the social factors leading to tree planting, and recommend incorporation of smallholders’ land use in connectivity planning.

December 7th, 12:00pm, 206 Ingra­ham Hall, 1155 Obser­va­tory Drive, Madi­son, WI