Useful Tree Species for Eastern Africa
a species selection tool based on the VECEA Map
The information that was available to us when we developed the VECEA map did not allow us to map several vegetation types of the coastal regions of Kenya and Tanzania separately. The areas that we mapped as “coastal mosaic” correspond to areas described by White (1983) as the “Zanzibar-Inhambane regional mosaic” floristic region. The compound vegetation type of “coastal mosaic” includes the following forest and woodland types:
- Zanzibar-Inhambane transitional rain forest (Fg)
- Zanzibar-Inhambane lowland rain forest (Fo)
- Zanzibar-Inhambane undifferentiated forest (Fp)
- Zanzibar-Inhambane scrub forest (Fq)
- Zanzibar-Inhambane scrub forest on coral rag (edaphic vegetation type, xfc)
- Also included in the “coastal mosaic” is Zanzibar-Inhambane transition woodland (Wmt), which is considered a subtype of the Miombo woodland (see under Wm).
The table shows the area (km2) of the vegetation type and the percentage of this area explicitly designated for biodiversity, species or landscape protection (A) and areas designated for both protection and sustainable use objectives (B). Only the nationally designated protected areas were included.
| PNV || Area (km2) || A (%) || B (%) |
| CM || 88,640 || 7.90 || 14.80 |
A) Include the IUCN categories I - IV; B) Include the IUCN categories V - VI and the protected areas without IUCN classification. Read more
There are seven different International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) management categories
, based on their principle management objectives. Six of these can be found in the VECEA region. Based on van Breugel et al. (2015)
, we reclassified these six categories into two groups. The first (A) is composed of the IUCN categories Ib, II, III and IV, all of which are explicitly designated for biodiversity, species or landscape protection. The second (B) is composed of IUCN category V, designated to protect a landscape created through interaction of people and nature, and VI, which is designated for both protection and sustainable use objectives. In group B we also included the protected areas not classified into one of the IUCN categories. These include different types of national or community forest reserves and areas that have a focus on wildlife or game management. It should be noted that the aggregation of the protected areas in these two groups (A and B) does not imply any assumptions from our side on the effectiveness of the management in these different categories.
Species selection tool
Other vegetation types
Kindt R, van Breugel P, Orwa C, Lillesø JPB, Jamnadass R and Graudal L (2015) Useful tree species for Eastern Africa: a species selection tool based on the VECEA map. Version 2.0. World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and Forest & Landscape Denmark. //vegetationmap4africa.org
van Breugel P, Kindt R, Lillesø JPB, Bingham M, Demissew S, Dudley C, Friis I, Gachathi F, Kalema J, Mbago F, Moshi HN, Mulumba, J, Namaganda M, Ndangalasi HJ, Ruffo CK, Védaste M, Jamnadass R and Graudal L (2015) Potential Natural Vegetation Map of Eastern Africa (Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia). Version 2.0. Forest and Landscape (Denmark) and World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). URL: //vegetationmap4africa.org
van Breugel P, Kindt R, Lillesø J-PB, van Breugel M (2015) Environmental Gap Analysis to Prioritize Conservation Efforts in Eastern Africa. PLoS ONE 10(4): e0121444. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0121444
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