We are creating a scientific community of national and international scientists interested in this part of the country. Many of the projects on our program are not only directly and indirectly beneficial for the local community, but also for the country.
At the moment we are studying and organizing several projects, some of utmost importance.
We started to collaborate with several institutions and the Nelson Mandela African Institute for Science and Technology is our biodiversity partner. The Ecoscience area is one of the places where biodiversity is on the menu! Master students of the university have been assessing the diversity, abundance and composition of trees and shrubs on our land. A study to continue in time!
We are also looking into agricultural systems designed for arid and semi-arid areas, important for areas like the Maasai Plain.
Students, whether they are doing masters or a PhD in the area, are also welcome. With our luxury facilities, more areas can be open for the future, and we will always listen to universities, national or international, as far as their projects are concerned.
We are trying as much as possible to give accommodation and other help to institutions whose aim it is to study scientific aspects interesting for this country.
For geology/volcanology, our own specialization, we already equipped an information room and a field lab.
Guests interested in these natural sciences, receive a great amount of information, important for the rest of their trip in Northern Tanzania.
Also a botany lab is on its way.
A major project under study is the creation of a volcano workshop which will be called EAST AFRICA VOLCANOES.
Collaboration will be asked of all leading volcanologists working on/or having studied our neighbour volcanoes.
Specialists are invited to contact us for future collaboration.
And, as part of this project, Ecoscience tries to organize a seismic net around Mt. Meru, a potentially very dangerous stratovolcano. The City of arusha, with a population of more than 1 million people , is situated at the foot of this volcano.
Private and public aid will be necessary to build a seismology station to monitor the volcano. A volcano like Mt. Meru can be compared with Mt. St.Helens in Washington(U.S.A.), which erupted and partially collapsed in 1980. We believe in a permanent monitoring of this huge volcano for the safety of the population.
The same applies to Mt.Kilimanjaro, another massive volcano with the town of Moshi at its feet. Both volcanoes are potentially dangerous and should be monitored seriously!
Mswakini Juu, Monduli, 14/04/2014
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