Uses and preferences of woody species in two protected forests of Dan Kada Dodo and Dan Gado in Niger

Abdourhamane Hamidou, Boube Morou, Mahamane Larwanou, Mahamane Ali, Mahamane Saadou, Bellefontaine Ronald. 2015. Uses and preferences of woody species in two protected forests of Dan Kada Dodo and Dan Gado in Niger. Journal of Horticulture and Forestry, 7 (6) : pp. 149-159.

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Abstract : An ethnobotanical survey was carried out on 31 woody species recorded in the protected forests of Dan Kada Dodo and Dan Gado in south-central Niger. Semi-structured interviews with local population were conducted between June and September 2012 in seven bordering villages in which five are predominantly from the Hausa ethnic group and two are from the Fulani ethnic group. A total of 256 people were randomly selected and interviewed. Plant parts and species use-value and preferences were evaluated. Local populations were found to use forest resources for varied and vital needs. The use category wood energy was dominant (20.38%), followed by medicinal uses (19.42%). Wood leaves and roots were the most used parts of the plants. There is significant difference (P<0.01) in use importance between different tree components by the local population. Balanites aegyptiaca (Del), Hyphaene thebaica (L.) Mart., Tamarindus indica (L.), Ziziphus mauritiana (Lam), Sclerocarya birrea (A. Rich) Hochst and Guiera senegalensis (J. F. Gmelin) had high ethnobotanical use-values and were the most preferred by local communities. These important species should be considered for long-term biodiversity conservation and management programmes. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : forêt tropicale, Éthnobotanique, Arbre à buts multiples, Bois de chauffage, Plante médicinale, Utilisation multiple, Utilisation traditionnelle, Population rurale, Communauté rurale, Balanites aegyptiaca, Hyphaene thebaica, Tamarindus indica, Ziziphus mauritiana, Feuille, Racine

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Niger

Mots-clés complémentaires : Sclerocarya birrea, Guiera senegalensis

Mots-clés libres : Quantitative ethnobotany, Use category, Use-value, Multipurpose trees, Agroforestry, Prioritization, Domestication

Classification Agris : F70 - Plant taxonomy and geography
F60 - Plant physiology and biochemistry
P06 - Renewable energy resources
F40 - Plant ecology
E51 - Rural population

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

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Abdourhamane Hamidou, Université Dan Dicko Dankoulodo de Maradi (NER)
  • Boube Morou, Université de Maradi (NER)
  • Mahamane Larwanou, ICRAF (KEN)
  • Mahamane Ali, Université Abdou Moumouni (NER)
  • Mahamane Saadou, Université de Maradi (NER)
  • Bellefontaine Ronald, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR AGAP (FRA)

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