Woollen, E. et al

Local tree names, uses and species identification in Mozambique

The dataset includes lists of local tree names, tree species identification and local uses of trees in seventeen different villages across three Districts in Mozambique, Africa. We collated species lists from seven villages in Mabalane District, Gaza Province, ten villages in Marrupa District, Niassa Province, and ten villages in Gurue District Zambezia Province. Data were collected in Mabalane between May-Sep 2014, Marrupa between May-Aug 2015, and Gurue between Sep-Dec 2015. Lists of local tree names were collated from several forest plots and agricultural field surveys occurring within the sampled villages, and their species identified in the field by the authors and/or from dried and pressed samples by botanists at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo. Tree species uses by local populations were recorded through a mixture of key informant interviews, focus group discussions, village surveys and ad-hoc observations. This dataset was collected as part of the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) funded ACES project , which aims to understand how changing land use impacts on ecosystem services and human wellbeing of the rural poor in Mozambique.

Publication date: 2017-12-18

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Format of the data: Comma-separated values (CSV)

You must cite: Woollen, E.; Grundy, I; Bechel, A.; Ryan, C.M.; Nhaduco, O.; Daude, I.A.; Manguiao, A.A.; Da Costa, A.A.; Lisboa, S.N.; Junior, J.F.; Mutemba, L.; Pais, A.; Zavale, M.; Cumbula, S.; Xerinda, H.; Buque, H.; Meneses, D.; Rodrigues, C.; Mário, A.M.; Ribeiro, N.; Domingos, L.P.; Mbandze, A.; Armando, F.; Jennings, P. (2017). Local tree names, uses and species identification in Mozambique. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/52371ef0-855f-40c8-8567-f8965f9cbf03


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Study area
Temporal extent
2014-05-01    to    2014-09-30
2015-05-01    to    2015-12-31

Provenance & quality

All data were quality assured by the first and second author. When in the field, all teams were trained in data collection methods to ensure consistent robust records. All field teams had a translator to translate from the local language to Portuguese or English. All observations recorded in Portuguese were translated to English by the lead author. If several different species were identified for the same local name a preference for the identification made in the field, rather than that of the dried sample, was made, as correct identification of whole trees are more likely to be correct. If identification was very uncertain, species were labelled as 'unknown'. Grouping all recorded local tree names and synonyms into similar sounding/spelled groups to assign a standardized local name was done by the lead for consistency.

Correspondence/contact details

Woollen, E.
University of Edinburgh
School of GeoSciences


Woollen, E.
University of Edinburgh
Grundy, I
University of Zimbabwe
Bechel, A.
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane
Ryan, C.M.
University of Edinburgh
Nhaduco, O.
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane
Daude, I.A.
Universidade Lurio
Manguiao, A.A.
Universidade Lurio
Da Costa, A.A.
Universidade Lurio
Lisboa, S.N.
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane
Junior, J.F.
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane
Mutemba, L.
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane
Pais, A.
Universidade Zambeze
Zavale, M.
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane
Cumbula, S.
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane
Xerinda, H.
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane
Buque, H.
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane
Meneses, D.
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane
Rodrigues, C.
Universidade Lurio
Mário, A.M.
Universidade Lurio
Ribeiro, N.
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane
Domingos, L.P.
Universidade Lurio
Mbandze, A.
Universidade Lurio
Armando, F.
Centro polivalente Leão Dehon
Jennings, P.
University of Edinburgh

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NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
Rights Holder
University of Edinburgh

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Africa,  charcoal,  construction,  cultural,  firewood,  food,  Gaza Province Gurue District hunting,  Mabalane District Marrupa District medicine,  Mozambique Niassa Province Zambezia Province
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/K010395/1
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
WGS 84
Last updated
20 May 2022 10:39