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Developing management plans for the mangrove forest reserves of mainland Tanzania
Semesi, K. (1992). Developing management plans for the mangrove forest reserves of mainland Tanzania. Hydrobiologia 247: 1-10
In: Hydrobiologia. Springer: The Hague. ISSN 0018-8158, more
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  • Semesi, K. (1992). Developing management plans for the mangrove forest reserves of mainland Tanzania, in: Jaccarini, V. et al. (Ed.) The Ecology of Mangrove and Related Ecosystems: Proceedings of the International Symposium held at Mombasa, Kenya, 24-30 September 1990. Developments in Hydrobiology, 80: pp. 1-10, more

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  • Semesi, K.

    The mangroves of Tanzania are currently not being managed although they are legally gazetted as forest reserves. The management of this overexploited and under estimated natural resource rests with the Forest and Beekeeping Division in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism. It is the Division's intention to conserve the mangroves of Tanzania, therefore steps are being taken to reach that goal. So far the Division, through its established mangrove project, has done an inventory of all the mangroves of mainland Tanzania with the assistance of NORAD. Aerial photography and ground checks were used to assess the state of all the mangrove reserves in the country. Literature search and a socio-economic study was also undertaken. The inventory revealed that the area covered by mangrove vegetation is 115,901 ha while the previous records indicate about 80,000 ha. If the bare saline areas, water bodies, and salt pans which are part ofthe mangrove reserves are included, the area amounts to 172,879 ha for the Tanzania mainland. The mangrove reserves have already been mapped in 30 sheets. Some sheets are mapped using a scale of 1:25,000 while others are mapped in 1:50,000 scale. The maps show the vegetation types, the area of each vegetation type, and the stand density and height of each compartment. The paper therefore presents the current status of the mangroves of Tanzania in respect to area, distribution and vegetation types. lncluded are the strategies being used to develop the mangrove management plans for Tanzania.

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