Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative

The Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative aims to conserve endangered forest habitats in East Africa by promoting sustainable and socially equitable harvesting of valuable timber stocks, and with a particular focus on Mpingo – the African Blackwood tree – which is used to make clarinets and oboes. In 2009 we were awarded the first forestry certificate (from FSC) for community managed natural forest in the whole of Africa. Later that year we oversaw the first ever commercial timber harvest from a community-owned forest in Tanzania. As well as forest certification we also work on REDD as another way of bringing concrete benefits to communities who are managing their forests. We are one of the most exciting, fast-growing NGOs in Tanzania, and making a real difference to the communities we support.