Mpingo Conservation and Development Initiative
The Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative aims to conserve endangered forest habitats in East Africa by promoting sustainable and socially equitable harvesting of valuable timber stocks, and with a particular focus on Mpingo – the African Blackwood tree – which is used to make clarinets and oboes. It has the first, and so far only certificate from the Forest Stewardship Council – the global gold standard in responsible forest management – for community-managed natural forest in the whole of Africa. As of 2012 communities supported by MCDI had sold ~$50,000 worth of timber.
MCDI is based in south-eastern Tanzania. ITF and MCDI are working together to better understand timber quality so as to improve community incomes and give better information to commercial partners.