The Ecological Monitoring Centre is located in the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania, in one of the most important biodiversity hotspots in Africa and one of the richest in the world.
We have been carrying out a nature conservation programme in this area for more than ten years, which is why, in 2006, we opened this Centre, which we now run in cooperation with the Danish Museum of Natural History and the University of Florence.
With our local staff we collaborate with the National Park to carry out censuses of the most important endemic species and collect data on the state of the forests.
We also manage the first site in Africa of a pantropical network of research stations for standardised biodiversity monitoring (Tropical Ecology, Assessment and Monitoring).
We believe that environmental education is the key to a more sustainable future. That is why, in 2008, we started a specific programme for local primary schools in cooperation with the NGO Mazingira.
The Centre provides accommodation for researchers, an office and resources to facilitate research, a large seminar room and a hostel where advanced training courses on tropical biodiversity are held for local and international students.