Ongoing study on the integration of biodiversity concerns in management of forest concessions in Central Africa

Souvannavong Oudara, Billand Alain, Nguinguiri Jean Claude, Fournier Jérôme. 2008. Ongoing study on the integration of biodiversity concerns in management of forest concessions in Central Africa. Nature and Faune, 23 (1) : pp. 51-56.

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Abstract : Central Africa is home to the world's second largest contiguous tropical rainforest, after Amazon. Depending on countries in the sub-region, between 10% to 15% (Nasi, Cassagne, Billand, 2006) of the forests' surface area is occupied by protected areas. Production forests represent 65% of the forests and have an enormous potential for biodiversity conservation. The important role played by production forests in maintaining biodiversity should be improved through increasing the percentage of forests that have management plans that take into account the different functions of the forest. FAO and CIRAD (the he status of integration of biodiversity and are striving to identify the difficulties encountered in this area. This study is based on bibliographic research, documents such as management plans, forest regulations, national guidelines and a survey of professionals (administration, logging companies, consulting firms, NGOs and forest certification agencies) carried out from May to June 2008 in five countries of Central Africa. Following analysis of the collected information and their validation, concerted actions and a set of programmes will be proposed to reinforce and harmonize practices for better integration of biodiversity conservation concerns in production forests of Central Africa subregion. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Forêt tropicale humide, Forêt de production, Conservation des ressources, Biodiversité, gestion des ressources naturelles, Aménagement forestier, Politique forestière, Enquête, Réglementation

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Afrique centrale

Mots-clés complémentaires : Concession

Classification Agris : P01 - Nature conservation and land resources
K10 - Forestry production
K01 - Forestry - General aspects

Axe stratégique Cirad : Axe 6 (2005-2013) - Agriculture, environnement, nature et sociétés

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Souvannavong Oudara, CIRAD-ES-DIR (ITA)
  • Billand Alain, CIRAD-ES-UPR Ressources forestières (FRA)
  • Nguinguiri Jean Claude, FAO (GAB)
  • Fournier Jérôme, FAO (ITA)

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