Covering much of central and southern Africa, the Miombo woodlands are a vast region of tropical grasslands, savannas and shrublands.
Named for the oak-like "miombo" trees (Brachustegia spp.
) that dominate the area, the woodlands are home to some 8,500 plant species; over 300 which are trees.
They provide food and cover for a diverse range of wildlife, including antelopes, giraffes, rhinos, lions and some of the largest populations of elephants in Africa
It is also home to millions of people, many who depend on the woodlands and natural resources for their way of life.
Woodlands at risk
Although large parts of the Miombo are relatively intact, natural woodlands are being cleared to meet other land needs: agriculture, ranching and charcoal production.
, especially for rhino horn
and elephant ivory
, are also major threats to this unique environment.
WWF is working throughout the region to conserve the woodlands
and to help meet human needs and development through the sustainable use of natural resources. This includes conservation agriculture and sustainable charcoal production