What are the impacts of deforestation on the harvest of non-timber forest products in Central Africa?

Gillet Pauline, Vermeulen Cédric, Doucet Jean-Louis, Codina Llavina Elisabet, Lehnebach Charlotte, Feintrenie Laurène. 2016. What are the impacts of deforestation on the harvest of non-timber forest products in Central Africa?. Forests, 7 (5):e106, 15 p.

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Abstract : The objective of the study is to evaluate the impact of forest transition on non-timber forest product (NTFP) harvesting in Central Africa. We analyze the evolution of several parameters, including distance from NTFP harvest site to road, proportion of dietary intake and villagers' incomes. The research is based on field surveys, participatory mapping and the geolocation of activities in three study sites representing different stages along the Mather's forest transition curve: (i) intact forest; (ii) partially degraded forest; and (iii) small areas of degraded forest with plantations of useful trees. The results show that the maximum distance from harvest site to road is higher in Site 2 compared to Site 1 as a consequence of a lower availability of NTFPs; and that this distance is significantly lower in Site 3 due to a drastically smaller village territory. The diversity of bushmeat decreases as game evolves from large to small species, commensurate with the progression of forest transition. As a consequence, there is also a reduction in the proportion of these products represented both in household dietary intake and cash income. This analysis establishes a strong link between the Mather's forest transition curve and a decline in the importance of NTFPs in village production and livelihoods. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : forêt tropicale, Produit forestier non ligneux, gestion des ressources naturelles, Déboisement, Population rurale, Enquête forestière, approches participatives, Étude de cas, Ressource forestière, cartographie des fonctions de la forêt, protection de la forêt, Moyens d'existence, Écosystème forestier, Sociologie rurale, Impact sur l'environnement

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Afrique centrale, Cameroun, Gabon

Mots-clés libres : Non-timber forest product, Cameroon, Gabon, Socio-ecological systems, Forest transition curve

Classification Agris : K01 - Forestry - General aspects
E50 - Rural sociology
K70 - Forest injuries and protection

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 6 (2014-2018) - Sociétés, natures et territoires

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Gillet Pauline, Université de Liège (BEL)
  • Vermeulen Cédric, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (FRA)
  • Doucet Jean-Louis, Université de Liège (BEL)
  • Codina Llavina Elisabet, Université de Liège (BEL)
  • Lehnebach Charlotte, Université de Liège (BEL)
  • Feintrenie Laurène, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (CMR) ORCID: 0000-0003-1621-396X

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