Our History

Since 2011, Mazingira has been involved in projects that promote and facilitate the integration of the Udzungwa Mountains National Park into local culture, with the aim to promote sustainable socio-economic development in the region. Mazingira Association was created to work together with the local communities and encourage sustainable alternatives to forest resources by managing the resources available, and ensuring the preservation of the environment of the Udzungwa.

The Kilombero Valley, in the Morogoro region, lies at the foot of the Udzungwa Mountains Forest, a unique area in the world for its richness of species, ecosystem complexity and ecotourism potential. However, it is an area subject to increasing environmental degradation that threatens the development and well-being of the local community.

Sugar cane cultivation in the Kilombero Valley: the fields are set on fire before the harvest of the culms (woody stalks rich in syrupy fluid from which the sugar is extracted)