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Excellent Development is a charity planting trees and building small-scale dams in Africa, which help to create an "oasis" of water and trees in semi-arid areas. Our work improves degraded environments whilst at the same time helps disadvantaged communities to increase incomes, food security and water supplies.
The Mountain ForumThis is a global network of individuals and organizations concerned with mountain cultures, environment and development. The mission of the Mountain forum is to provide a forum for information sharing, mutual support and advocacy.
Tree Conservation
List of links to resources on tree conservation, its benefits, ideas for implementing tree conservation, activities for kids and conservation groups and programs.
Fauna and Flora International
Mission: To act to conserve threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and take into account human needs.
The Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative
Mpingo conservation, development and research project in Lindi region of southern Tanzania.
Rainforest Action Network
Rainforest Action Network preserves forests, protects the climate and upholds human rights by challenging corporate power and systemic injustice through frontline partnerships and strategic campaigns.
Rainforest Alliance
The Rainforest Alliance is a growing network of farmers, foresters, communities, scientists, governments, environmentalists, and businesses dedicated to conserving biodiversity and ensuring sustainable livelihoods. We are an international non-profit organization working to build strong forests and healthy communities through creative, pragmatic collaboration.
The Forest Stewardship Council
The Forest Stewardship Council mission is to promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world's forests.
The World Conservation Monitoring Centre
UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre is a world leader in biodiversity knowledge. It works with scientists and policy makers worldwide to place biodiversity at the heart of environment and development decision-making to enable enlightened choices for people and the planet.
UN FAO Report – The State of the World's Forests – 2016
Tanzania Tree Seed Agency
The Mission of TTSA is “To enhance sustainable supply of forest products and environmental conservation producing,procuring and marketing high quality tree seeds and other propagating materials throughout Tanzania
College of African Wildlife Management Mweka
Located on the Mweka Route at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Established in 1963 with the aim of providing training for employees of, and those seeking employment in, game parks, wildlife sanctuaries and national parks throughout the African continent.
the leading provider of African news and information worldwide, which also provides a daily updated page with environmental news headlines from African newspapers located on the ABCP site.
The Jane Goodall Institute
advances the power of individuals to take informed and compassionate action to improve the environment fo rall living things.
Roots and Shoots Founded in 1991 by Dr. JaneGoodall, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is a youth service program for young people of all ages. Our mission is to foster respect and compassion for all living things, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs, and to inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for people, other animals, and the environment.
Potential Natural Vegetation Map of East Africa Potential natural vegetation (PNV) is defined here as "vegetation that would persist under the current conditions without human interventions". As such, it can be considered a baseline or null model to assess the vegetation that could be present in a landscape under the current climate and edaphic conditions, including conditions created or altered by man.


The Wood Database—African Blackwood
Wikipedia—Dalbergia melanoxylon
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species—Dalbergia melanoxylon
Global Trees Campaign—Mpingo
World Agroforestry Centre—Dalbergia melanoxylon


Mpingo: The Tree That Makes MusicTelevision Trust for the Environment offers free viewing of video.
Article on Carving Wood Shortage in Kenya
"Ebony on the Edge"
Newspaper Article from the San Francisco Chronicle (Sept. 18, 2000)
Makonde "Tree of Life" Sculpture
Blackwood in Ornamental Turning
Casey Burns – Wind Instrument Maker
Conservation and Musical Instrument Making
Buffet Crampon Green Line Clarinets
Oboeist Brenda Schuman-Post: Harvesting the Music Tree: Sustainable African Blackwood


J. Condino–Luthier of Mandolin, Guitar and Double Bass
Covey Oboes
Keefe Piccolos
Stanbridge Drum Company


CIA World Factbook—US Central Intelligence Agency Profile of the Country of Tanzania
Lonely Planet – Destination Tanzania – Traveler's guide to Tanzania
AfricaNet Guide to Tanzania – Information, history and factsheets on Tanzania
Wildlife ExplorerExcellent safari company in Arusha owned by Gary Strand, where Sebastian worked as a safari guide
Wilderness TravelWorldwide safari and travel company and longtime supporter of Sebastian's conservation work
On Safari – Safari information
Thomson Safaris – Experienced safari company from the US
Hassan Ali – Native Tanzanian's Home Page with Swahili Language Primer
Africa News Online – the latest news from Tanzania
Tanzanian Section – African Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania
Tanzania Odyssey– Tanzania travel and tourist info
Tanzanian Tourist Board– The official website for the Tanzanian government's tourist outreach
Geological Survey of Tanzania – the Mineral Resources Department of the Ministry of Energy and Minerals
Amnesty International Publications on Tanzania–state of human rights and social issues in Tanzania
Volcano World–Oregon State University–Information on Mt. Kilimanjaro
Tanzania Culture–short info source
Nations Online–Tanzaniaprofile of the country/demographics/culture, etc.


ABCP Website maintained by James E. Harris, 2000.
Last revised 30 September 2017 .