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Record number 426256
Title Land-use and biodiversity in unprotected landscapes : the case of non-cultivated plant use and management by rural communities in Benin and Togo
Author(s) Rodenburg, J.; Both, J.; Koppen, C.S.A. van; Heitkonig, I.M.A.; Kiepe, P.
Source Society & Natural Resources 25 (2012)12. - ISSN 0894-1920 - p. 1221 - 1240.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2012.674628
Department(s) Environmental Policy
Resource Ecology
PE&RC
WIMEK
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) tropical forest conservation - resource-management - indigenous knowledge - medicinal-plants - burkina-faso - west-africa - vegetation - perceptions - areas - cultivation
Abstract To contribute to the development of strategies for sustainable agricultural land use and biodiversity conservation in landscapes without formal protection status, we investigated the local use and management of noncultivated plants as important ecosystem functions of inland valleys in south Benin and Togo, and local perceptions on changes in plant biodiversity and causes for these changes. Local users of noncultivated plants perceived agriculture and construction as major factors contributing to the reduction of (noncultivated) plant biodiversity. However, they also collect many useful species from agricultural fields and the village. A small community forest reserve and a 2-ha community garden were the only organized forms of conservation management. Observed ad hoc conservation initiatives were selective harvesting of plant parts, preserving trees during land clearing, and allowing useful weed species in the field. Future development and conservation efforts in unprotected landscapes with multiple ecosystem functions should acknowledge knowledge, interests, and needs of local communities.
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