Udzungwa: a forest for all (2012–2017)
The objective of the project was to improve the living conditions and environmental awareness of the populations surrounding the Udzungwa Mountains National Park, guaranteeing a balance with environmental protection.
In the area adjacent to the Udzungwa Mountains National Park there is a close link between socio-economic development and environmental conservation, regarding the sustainable use of natural resources. The forest of the Udzungwa Mountains is in fact the “natural capital” of the Kilombero Valley due to rich biodiversity. Unfortunately, the survival of this intricate biodiversity has been threatened by unsustainable practices of communities. In this context, the objective of the project was to improve the living conditions and environmental awareness of the populations surrounding the Udzungwa Mountains National Park, guaranteeing a balance with environmental protection.Download Project Summary Sheet Project Video
Construction of a Visitor Information Centre in the Udzungwa National Park (2013-2018)
Efficient combustion technologies in Tanzania and Vietnam (2015–2017)
The project involved the exchange of experiences and technologies between Tanzania and Vietnam, with the identification of sustainable energy systems best suited to the two contexts.
In particular, in Vietnam, it was proposed to introduce new efficient and healthy combustion systems in some villages in the north of the country, spreading the knowledge of the dangers to human health related to traditional combustion methods; in Tanzania the aim was to strengthen and continue the campaign to promote and disseminate efficient energy technologies started in 2012. To achieve this, the project involved the construction and testing of low-cost self-built sensors based on open source technologies (Arduino) to measure the actual performance of different technologies used for home cooking. Measurements were accompanied by socio-economic interviews to get a deeper picture of the context. Three environmental engineering students from Trento were involved in the measurements in Tanzania and Vietnam.