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* "The Miombo Woodlands system is taken to include all those Southern and Central African ecosystems which occur under a hot, subhumid, seasonally-wet climate on soils derived from acid crystalline geologies. The components of this system include woodlands on well-drained soils, and hydromorphic grasslands (called dambos) in drainage lines. Miombo occupy about 5 million square km, and support about 100 million people with food, fuel, building materials, medicines and water." This definition is taken from the Miombo Network. In depth information about the Miombo ecosystem is available on the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) Report 41 page of the Miombo Network website.

** Source for most of the information on this page is the 1992 BBC Television Documentary "The Tree of Music" aired on US PBS television stations on the Nature series. All of the numbers for tree populations and use are estimates, as no firm inventories of Mpingo populations exist and the extraction rate is also uncertain because much illegal felling goes unreported in the local forestry statistics which are derived from the selling of licenses to cut mpingo, a protected species in Tanzania.

 

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