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          The ABCP was founded in 1996 with the objective of promoting replanting and educational efforts for the conservation of Dalbergia melanoxylon/mpingo, widely used in the manufacture of musical instruments. Mpingo is one of the world’s most precious wood resources, known since antiquity for its beauty and exquisite working properties. Another part of our outreach is tree planting for poverty alleviation in the areas where we work. All trees are planted in climatically-appropriate areas where they will be protected and therefore have an excellent chance of long-range survival.
              All donations collected in the US are used in direct support of the projects in Africa. The US team works on a purely voluntary level and in addition personally underwrites most costs in this country to support our fundraising and publicity efforts and the ABCP website. Please consider a donation today and help us insure a viable future for African blackwood. You may also find it convenient to make an online donation from the ABCP website using the PayPal system. Just visit the home page at and click the PayPal Donation button midway down the page.

During the 1800's the material of choice for woodwind instruments was cocuswood from the West Indies. Lacking any conservation measures to insure its future, that wood was so over harvested it became commercially extinct and only now is making a small comeback. Commercial users of cocuswood switched to mpingo because it had many similar fine qualities and subsequently it began to be heavily harvested in eastern Africa as a substitute.
The ABCP is the only group which presently has a major focus on replanting programs for African blackwood. In our opinion, this is vital if we want to see mpingo survive as a commercial species and not meet the same fate as cocuswood. We believe the pressure on mpingo will increase in the future. Because of increasing population and economic pressures, the greater demand for natural resources will further intensify the forces which cause deforestation. This will undoubtedly increase the pressure on the harvesting of African blackwood because it is a valuable source of foreign exchange, both as a raw material and as finished carvings. It also has important local economic value as charcoal.
With the growing concern about climate change, the planting of a tree is a positive step that any individual can take to have a positive personal impact. Trees serve as carbon storehouses, sequestering carbon dioxide, one of the primary greenhouse gases responsible for rising global temperatures.

If you would be interested in receiving this newsletter by electronic means only, and thus saving the paper and postage necessary to mail out a printed hardcopy, please send a blank email to ABCP with the subject line “E-newsletter only”. We will then send you an email notice each year when the newsletter is published with links to the ABCP website where the PDF hardcopy version is available as well as a HTML version with color photos. Please update us if you change email addresses.




ABCP Website maintained by James E. Harris, 2000.
Last revised 19 Nov 2012 .