Tropical forest management and rehabilitation as means of biodiversity conservation in Africa

  • Luukkanen, Olavi (Participant)
  • Johansson, Stig (Participant)
  • Yirdaw, Eshetu (Participant)
  • Appiah, Mark (Participant)
  • Reyes, Teija (Participant)
  • Huang, Wending (Participant)

Project Details


As part of the Academy of Finland FIBRE biodiversity research programme, from 1997-1999 this project aimed at analysing and providing guidelines for agroforestry development in the East Usambaras, Tanzania, as a tool for improved conservation of mountain rainforests, especially focusing on cardamom cultivation.

From 2000-2002, additionally these aims were included in studies on biodiversity rehabilitation of the Ethiopian highlands using fast-growing plantation trees as nurse crops, as well as in those on domestication of Iroko (Milicia excelsa) in Ghana, also involving smallholders in germplasm conservation that also increased their incomes by improving the farming systems.

From 2003-2008 the research in Tanzania was continued under a separate project led by Teija Reyes and financed by the Finnish Graduate School of Forest Sciences.

Effective start/end date01/01/199731/12/2008