Kibosho East Environmental Handbook

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In 1996, community conservation groups in the Kibosho East neighborhood of the Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania, because of their intense activism in environmental protection, were chosen by the Regional government to host ceremonies for the first Environment Day held in the Region, in accord with the UN designated World Environment Day, held on June 5. This established a precedent that has been followed every year since, with a large celebration held every summer, with the participation of school groups, environmental clubs, choirs and dancers, and community and governmental leaders.

Sebastian Chuwa was instrumental in organizing the community and school groups that were chosen for this honor, and he was dubbed the Chief Patron of these events at their founding. In cooperation with students, teachers, and other community volunteers, and with the support of the Rafiki/Friends Foundation of California, USA, a handbook was compiled. This handbook served to document the celebration and also provided some vital environmental conservation information and advice. The draft version of this handbook has been available in limited printed copies since its creation, but has never been edited for publication and made generally available until the summer of 2005. The ABCP is now making the publication available through this website.

The handbook profiles a typical Environmental Day Celebration in Kibosho East as they are still held, and the conservation information it provides is timeless. It gives background information about Sebastian's initial efforts in organizing teachers and students to launch an impressive tree planting campaign (over one million trees have already been planted!), and to raise awareness community-wide about environmental protection. It includes four appendices, which contain lists of local Kilimanjaro tree, bird, and animal species, as well as an extensive list of local natural remedies, using plants indigenous to the Kilimanjaro area. It also has many colorful photos of the people of Kibosho East and the important work they are doing to protect the environment for the benefit of future generations.

This publication is available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format, and a free reader from Adobe is required to access the files. A listing of the contents follows:


Kilimanjaro Districts
Kibosho East




The History of Malihai Kibosho East
Environmental Conservation
World Environment Day - 1996
Study Tour to Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater
Seminar for the Patrons of Malihai Clubs

World Environment Day – 1997

Parent’s responsibilities in Kibosho Village
Children’s responsibilities in Kibosho Village

A – List of trees
B – List of birds
C – List of animals
D – List of natural herbal medicines

The handbook is available for download here as a full version PDF file of the entire 99 pages of content, and is a large file size of 4.7MB.

Also, it is available in sections, as follows, with the download file size shown at the end of each section:
adobelogo.gif (283 bytes) Introduction – Table of Contents, Maps, List of Authors, Preface and Credits (891kb)
adobelogo.gif (283 bytes) Chapter 1-section a – history of Malihai Kibosho East and section on environmental conservation (1,144kb)
adobelogo.gif (283 bytes) Chapter 1-section b – World Environment Day Celebration, 1996 (1,728kb)
adobelogo.gif (283 bytes) Chapter 1-section c – Teacher's study tour to Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater and a seminar for Chief Patrons of Malihai Clubs (706kb)
adobelogo.gif (283 bytes) Chapter 2 – World Environment Day Celebration, 1997 (816kb)
adobelogo.gif (283 bytes) Chapter 3 – short description of environmental responsibilities of parents and children (298kb)
adobelogo.gif (283 bytes) Appendices A, B & C – list of tree, bird and animal species historically living in Kibosho East region (229kb)
adobelogo.gif (283 bytes) Appendix D – an herbalist's list of traditional herbal medicines found in Kibosho East and their use for animals and humans (282kb)

Please note that this work is copyrighted 2005 by Sebastian Chuwa, and is not intended for commercial use, but is provided free for individual use, and the herbal medicinal information is provided solely for informational purposes, and is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a physician nor is it intended to make any claims as to medical efficacy.



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Last revised 29 Jan 2009.