The Magombera Forest has a plant community found nowhere else in the world alongside many globally threatened species. However, it has faced extreme levels of illegal tree-cutting and was predicted to disappear by 2018 if preventative action was not taken.
By assessing the impact of tropical forest damage on plant and animal biodiversity, population density and biomass we can demonstrate the negative effects of inadequately protected areas on animals, plants and people.
Our research aims to measure and improve the management of threatened ecosystems.
We test new methods for tropical forest restoration and forest landscape restoration planning in East Africa, Australia and the broader tropics. The data collected highlights the value of conservation and the need for environmental management of threatened forests.
Our work also assesses less direct conservation challenges for securing government, institutional and public support for conservation. This research includes surveys of local village wellbeing and welfare alongside protected forests, and assessment of the effectiveness of the world’s zoos in funding conservation, breeding threatened species and educating the public
Our research has significantly improved environmental management policy and application.
We have developed tools and data for the evidence-based management of threatened ecosystems to benefit both wildlife and people.
We have influenced Government Secretary of State standards in the UK and joint government-NGO forest restoration strategies across a 40,000 square kilometre region of Tanzania.
Our data and tools have been widely adopted outside of academia, leading to improved management planning and monitoring in protected areas and East African landscapes.
The work has reduced illegal activities and has improved wildlife populations and ecosystem health with increasing support from local people.