Deforestation and timber production in Congo after implementation of sustainable management policy: A reaction to the article by J.S. Brandt, C. Nolte and A. Agrawal (Land Use Policy 52:15–22)

Karsenty Alain, Romero Claudia, Cerutti Paolo Omar, Doucet Jean-Louis, Putz Francis E., Bernard Christelle, Eba'a Atyi Richard, Douard Pascal, Claeys Florian, Desbureaux Sébastien, Ezzine de Blas Driss, Fayolle Adeline, Fomété Timothée, Forni Eric, Gond Valéry, Gourlet-Fleury Sylvie, Kleinschroth Fritz, Mortier Frédéric, Nasi Robert, Nguinguiri Jean Claude, Vermeulen Cédric, De Wasseige Carlos. 2017. Deforestation and timber production in Congo after implementation of sustainable management policy: A reaction to the article by J.S. Brandt, C. Nolte and A. Agrawal (Land Use Policy 52:15–22). Land Use Policy, 65 : pp. 62-65.

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Abstract : This viewpoint paper presents a reaction to the article by Brandt et al. (2016). It highlights the complexities inherent to the attribution of deforestation impacts to policy interventions when using remote-sensing data. This critique argues that in the context of the Congo a suite of factors (i.e., population density in particular) other than those considered by Brandt et al. (e.g., type of forest, distance from roads and markets) play essential roles in determining the fates of forests. It also contends that care is needed when making decisions regarding which units will be included in the comparison group so that contextual factors and on-the-ground information are properly considered (e.g., when logging operations are inactive or when a concession is used for 'conservation' purposes). Finally, it proposes that a focus on an analysis of deforestation rates for a given level of timber production might be a metric that more accurately represents one aspect of the consequences of forest management, which should also consider the appraisal of trade-offs associated with a larger set of social, financial and ecological objectives. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Forêt, forêt tropicale, protection de la forêt, Aménagement forestier, Réglementation forestière, Déboisement, Politique forestière, Production forestière, Impact sur l'environnement, Route forestière, Développement durable, Exploitation forestière

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : République démocratique du Congo

Mots-clés complémentaires : Concession

Mots-clés libres : Deforestation, Management plans, Congo, Concessions

Classification Agris : K10 - Forestry production
P01 - Nature conservation and land resources
D50 - Legislation

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

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Karsenty Alain, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (FRA)
  • Romero Claudia, University of Florida (USA)
  • Cerutti Paolo Omar, CIFOR (KEN)
  • Doucet Jean-Louis, Université de Liège (BEL)
  • Putz Francis E., University of Florida (USA)
  • Bernard Christelle, Earth Observation Consulting Services (FRA)
  • Eba'a Atyi Richard, CIFOR (IDN)
  • Douard Pascal, WRI (USA)
  • Claeys Florian, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (FRA)
  • Desbureaux Sébastien, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (FRA)
  • Ezzine de Blas Driss, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (MEX)
  • Fayolle Adeline, Université de Liège (BEL)
  • Fomété Timothée, REC (CMR)
  • Forni Eric, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (COG)
  • Gond Valéry, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0002-0080-3140
  • Gourlet-Fleury Sylvie, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0002-1136-4307
  • Kleinschroth Fritz, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (FRA)
  • Mortier Frédéric, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (FRA)
  • Nasi Robert, CIFOR (IDN)
  • Nguinguiri Jean Claude, FAO (GAB)
  • Vermeulen Cédric, Université de Liège (BEL)
  • De Wasseige Carlos, OFAC

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