CEPF is no longer active in this region.
The Eastern Arc Mountains and Coastal Forests region stretches along the Tanzanian and Kenyan coasts from the border with Somalia to the Mozambican border. Previously classified as a biodiversity hotspot itself, this region now lies within two newly classified hotspots: the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot and the Coastal Forests of Eastern Africa Hotspot.
Most of the region is in Tanzania, which takes in the Eastern Arc Mountains and the Rufiji water catchment. However, a narrow hook near the Kenya/Tanzania border follows the Eastern Arc Mountains to their northernmost limits in the Taita Hills in Kenya. The region also extends north to include the forests of the Lower Tana River in Kenya, and includes the Indian Ocean islands of Mafia, Pemba and Zanzibar.
The two distinct habitats of the Eastern Arc Mountains and Coastal Forests are notably fragmented, making threatened species within key sites highly vulnerable to extinction and further habitat loss. Agricultural encroachment, timber extraction and charcoal production are among the greatest threats.
Our support focuses on 160 sites that shelter the region's 333 globally threatened species. These species include, for example, the Endangered Zanzibar or Kirk’s red colobus (Procolobus kirkii) pictured above and found only in Zanzibar’s Jozani Forest.
Cry of the Forest
Documentary about efforts to protect what remains of the incredibly rich montane and coastal forests of East Africa through a grants program by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund. Nike Doggart from the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group organised, co-produced and narrated. Michele Menegon provided amazing nature footage.