PROTECTED AREA MANAGEMENT

SEE’s biodiversity surveys and ecosystem assessments have been instrumental in the establishment of 14 protected areas and marine parks.

Examples include:

Tanzania's first multi-user marine protected area, the Mafia Island Marine Park (MIMP), was established
   following management recommendations and data from SEE’s surveys. The marine park warden and 
   technical advisor are ex-SEE staff. MIMP is widely hailed as the world’s most successful multi-user marine 
   park and continues to conserve the marine flora and fauna of Mafia Island and the sustainability of local
   livelihoods. Twenty years on, SEE continues to work closely with the MIMP authorities to inform the
   management of the park.

Mozambique’s Quirimbas National Park, the first national marine park to be designated since Mozambiquan
   independence, was founded using information and recommendations from SEE’s survey work.

The Southern Mikea region of Madagascar has been gazetted as a protected area based on SEE’s
   comprehensive research into the conservation importance of the area.

The Montagne de Francais in Madagascar has been incorporated into the Ramena complex of protected
   areas based on SEE’s research in the region.


ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS

Over the last 2 decades SEE has:

trained thousands of host-country university students, fisheries and forestry officers, community 
   representatives and teachers;

hosted hundreds of environmental education and awareness-raising workshops, building teacher capacity
   and pupil awareness, and producing education manuals and curricula in various languages;

trained and qualified over 800 volunteers and host-country counterparts in the BTEC Advanced Diploma in
   Tropical Habitat Conservation and BTEC Advanced Certificate in Expedition Management;

established many community-based organisations, including TUMI in Tanzania's Kilombero Valley;

implemented a training programme awarding a tailor made BTEC in Conservation Management for local
   environmental organisations and in-country partners in Nicaragua;

increased income ten-fold for participating farmers in Sa Pa, Vietnam, via a medicinal plant
   income-generating project;

built a biodiversity interpretation centre in Bai Tu Long Bay, Vietnam;

built the Kanyanchu primate camp and visitor centre in Kibale Forest, Uganda.

BIODIVERSITY RESEARCH

SEE has produced hundreds of peer-reviewed articles, technical reports, manuscripts, manuals and books.  
See the publication list HERE for details, or contact our research department in London for specific 
documents. 

SEE’s biodiversity surveys in the Eastern Arc Mountain Range in Tanzania (the world's hottest biodiversity hotspot with the most endemic vertebrates per km), are recognised as among the most detailed and 
extensive biodiversity data ever produced. They contributed significantly towards the IUCN book ‘Biodiversity
of the Eastern Arc Mountains’, which is one of the most comprehensive data sets ever published on that 
area. These data are now part of the ongoing project Valuing the Arc, which is a collaboration between 5 
Universities, 2 Tanzanian universities and WWF and is focused on quantifying, mapping and valuing the key
ecosystem services that flow from the Eastern Arc Mountains. 

SEE has contributed towards the discovery of more than 100 new species and towards numerous range extensions for plants and animals. These include a new bat species in Madagascar; hundreds of new 
moth species in Vietnam; new invertebrates in Nicaragua; and new amphibians, lizards, chameleons, 
snakes and small mammals in the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania.