African Rainforest Conservancy (ARC)

ARC's mission is to conserve Tanzania's Eastern Arc Mountains and Coastal Forests by raising the capacity of local conservation networks and encouraging sustainable economic development. Current projects are being implemented in two of Conservation International's "ten most threatened forest hotspots" - the coastal forests of Eastern Africa (#8) and the Eastern Afromontane (#10). These forest hotspots have as little as 10 percent of their original forest habitat remaining, yet are home to at least 1,500 plant species found nowhere else in the world. The Eastern Arc Mountains and Coastal Forests are globally important for their biodiversity values; nationally important as the water...

African Rainforest Conservancy (ARC)
560 Broadway
Suite 202
New York, NY 10012
United States
(212) 431-5508
http://www.africanrainforest.org

Executive Director

Namasha Schelling

Management Team

Namasha Schelling

Board of Directors

Carter Coleman, David Yamner, Beth O'Donnell, Michele Clarke, Lindy Reilly, Sheila Rooney, Peter Wirth, Joe Zammit-Lucia

Project Leaders

Kate McLetchie
Tony Cacace

Mission

ARC's mission is to conserve Tanzania's Eastern Arc Mountains and Coastal Forests by raising the capacity of local conservation networks and encouraging sustainable economic development. Current projects are being implemented in two of Conservation International's "ten most threatened forest hotspots" - the coastal forests of Eastern Africa (#8) and the Eastern Afromontane (#10). These forest hotspots have as little as 10 percent of their original forest habitat remaining, yet are home to at least 1,500 plant species found nowhere else in the world. The Eastern Arc Mountains and Coastal Forests are globally important for their biodiversity values; nationally important as the water catchment areas of Eastern Tanzania; and locally important as a source of forest products for local people. The ecosystem services provided by these forests to the people of Tanzania is estimated to be US$ 175 million per annum. The forests are also an important reservoir and sink for greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. Preventing deforestation in this area is therefore important in efforts to mitigate climate change.

Programs

Working alongside its implementing partner, the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG), for over twenty years, ARC currently supports 146 villages in eight mountain and coastal regions throughout Tanzania that are protecting 250,000 acres of forest. ARC and TFCG implement a successful overall program model that is comprised of the following component areas: 1. Participatory Forest Management (PFM): builds the capacity of village natural resource committees by linking them with the government, and provides technical support in preparing management plans, by-laws, and joint management agreements; sixty-three forests are currently being protected through the PFM program. 2. Environmental Education: trains teachers in environmental education and provides them with teaching materials; currently 200 primary and secondary schools are participating in this program. 3. Tree Planting and Fuel Efficiency: provides alternative sources of timber and fuel-wood, so that the forest is left undisturbed; 10 million trees have been planted to date with ARC's support. Fuel-efficient stoves use 50 percent less wood than traditional ones; 2,000 households have switched over to these more environmentally friendly stoves. 4. Livelihoods: activities like fishponds, beekeeping, conservation agriculture and butterfly farms discourage dependence of livelihood practices that threaten the future of the forests, such as illegal logging, charcoal production, and converting forest into agricultural land, and at the same time promote sustainable income activities that leverage renewable natural resources. 5. Improving governance: Illegal logging is a major cause of forest degradation in Tanzania. It is estimated that only 4 percent of the trade is conducted legally. This has resulted in unsustainable harvesting and massive losses in potential revenue to local communities and the government. By providing training to local communities on national laws and regulations they learn their rights, roles and responsibilities with regard to managing their natural resources and can take steps to prevent the theft of timber from their lands.

Statistics on African Rainforest Conservancy (ARC)

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2013: $250,668
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $387,000
  • Other funding sources: ARC receives funding from individual donors, foundations, and corporations; it raises funds annually at its Artists for Africa benefit gala.

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