Our Planet Reviewed - Expedition Papua New-guinea



The first steps

Many species, which were unknown to the participants, were sampled during these 2 expeditions. It may therefore be assumed that there have been wonderful discoveries, which have to be confirmed by laboratory studies. In Madagascar, communities associated with cold seepage (or cold springs) have been discovered in the Betsiboka (a river in North Madagascar) sedimentary cone at depths of around 800m: a first for the Indian Ocean! Finally, participants who were privileged enough to have been in the field in Mozambique and Madagascar were surprised by the great differences in the composition of the fauna on the two sides of the Mozambique Channel.

Mozambique - Mission Report

This report covers the main botanical, vegetation and zoological findings resulting from expeditions to the coastal region of Cabo Delgado Province in northern Mozambique in November–December 2008 and November 2009. It also covers findings from a reconnaissance trip in April–May 2008, which included aerial survey. Results from previous trips to the area undertaken by Quentin Luke (December 2003) and John Burrows et al. (2005, early 2008, mid-2009) are also incorporated. Preliminary conclusions are given on the past and present extent of the forests, their botanical composition, conservation significance and their relationship with the better-known coastal forests of southern Tanzania. The main conservation issues are outlined, along with a prioritised set of 14 proposed conservation areas or sites.
The Botanical component of the expeditions was leaded by Jonathan Timberlake (Kew) and the report section for Botany has already been published separately as an e-report on the Kew web site:
The Zoological component was leaded by Jean-Yves Rasplus (CBGP) and preliminary results are assembled in the section on zoology.

Two additional contributions by Phil Clarke, one of the members of the botanical team, focus on two areas surveyed in 2008 and 2009 and document a series of personal observations. These two separate reports provide a comprehensive baseline geo-referenced photo documentation of the region.
- Clarke, G.P. (2010) Report on a reconnaissance visit to Lupangua Hill, Quissanga District, Cabo Delgado Province, Mozambique, with notes about Micklethwaitia carvalhoi. 20pp.
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- Clarke, G.P. (2011) Observations on the Vegetation and Ecology of Palma and Nangade Districts, Cabo Delgado Province, Mozambique. 130pp.