East Africa launches regional monitoring unit of rain forest ecosystem

Afrique Avenir The Biodiversity Monitoring Transect Analysis (BIOTA) East Africa Atlas, whose purpose is to increase awareness of the region’s vulnerable rainforest eco-system, was launched in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi on Tuesday.

Speaking at the launch, Kenya’s Minister for Forestry and Wildlife Noah Wekesa said that the Atlas will enhance sustainable management and conservation as well as contribute to scientific understanding of the ongoing change processes and resulting patterns.

The theme of the atlas is ‘Conservation and sustainable use of East African rainforest ecosystems’.

“The atlas will contribute to making research outcomes widely visible and provide a comprehensive set of information needed in environmental education as well as inform policy formation,” he added.

The BIOTA project is collaboration between the governments of Kenya and Uganda, with funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

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