The Summer School provides field and GIS tools for assessing forest biodiversity, integrating field techniques, lessons and practical exercises.
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The Udzungwa Ecological Monitoring Centre (UEMC) is a field station of the Udzungwa Mountains National Park (UMNP), Tanzania, established in 2006 through a partnership between Italy’s Trento Science Museum (through its Tropical Biodiversity Section) and Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA). UEMC mission is to promote and facilitate biological research and monitoring and increase our knowledge of the outstanding biodiversity of the Udzungwa Mountains. UEMC also supports environmental education and, in general, efforts to increase people’s awareness and appreciation of the park.
Over the first five years (2006-2011) of activity, UEMC has hosted over 100 researchers including 6 Ph.D. students, strengthened and sustained a primate monitoring programme that represents the longer-term data set on the status of biodiversity in selected forests of the area, conducted environmental education in 5 primary schools in the area, provided technical assistance to the park to boost ecological monitoring, conducted or facilitated training programmes, and facilitated a number of research programmes including the Tropical Ecology, Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) network. A new agreement between Trento Science Museum and TANAPA has been signed in early 2012 and covers a second management phase (until 2016).
Christina Gupfinger, Sabastiaan van der Hoek, Michele Menegon, Francesco Rovero