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Title:Man and vegetation change: a study of recently induced vegetation changes in Mbeya Region, Tanzania
Author:Misana, S.B.
Periodical:Journal of Eastern African Research and Development
Geographic term:Tanzania
Abstract:About two-thirds of Mbeya Region, southwestern Tanzania, was originally covered by forest and woodland. Today, however, much of this original vegetation has undergone drastic changes, ranging from simple modification through severe degradation to complete replacement of the original vegetation by induced vegetation. Available historical and field evidence suggests that most of the changes are a consequence of burning, cultivation, grazing, woodcutting and tree planting. Other factors such as climate and population pressure have only helped to accelerate the process of vegetation change. The present rate of vegetation destruction and change raises concern as to the future of forests and woodlands in the region. Bibliogr.