Community based action in Benin Republic, West Africa

Créé par le 09 oct 2014 | Dans : Conservation Project, Science

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACommunity based actions to benefit threatened plant species in Benin: case study of Ewe-Adapklamey to set conservation priorities of fragmented forest
The National Herbarium of Benin has 2807 species, distributed in 1130 genera and 185 families. The office is located in the University of Abomey-Calavi in the South of Benin. Benin collections are estimated at 30,700 with 10,000 samples consist of first collection between 1970 and 1997 and 20700 are collections made ​​through the Projet Flore of Benin. Collections are also kept in European herbaria including Paris, England and Germany. However, the management of the database herbaria, the updating and the upgrading of the herbarium meet a serious problems because of lack of field collection, computerization and digitization.
Benin is an international hotspot for many globally threatened and often neglected or poorly known species. Ewe-Adakplamey forest located in the South East Benin where population density is in increasing and habitat loss reaches up to 70000 ha forest cover per annum since last decades. The foret is probably one of the most endangered communal forest of Benin. The forest belongs to the Dahomey Gap, which consists of a forest-savannah mosaic separating the West African rain forest belt in two blocks. It represents a vestige of the past, hosting 15.4% of Benin endemic species and thus, urgently requires conservation measures. A considerable number of endemic plant species have not yet been characterised and are not even listed in the Red List of Benin plants, while very few of their sample are available in National herbarium of Benin. By focusing on the endemic plant species surveys, this project aims to update their new distributions and strengthen the abilities of communities to manage a living plant species collection resources by domestication and education programmes.
Benin is an international hotspot for many globally threatened and often neglected or poorly known species. Ewe-Adakplamey forest located in the South East Benin is probably one of the most endangered communal forest of Benin. It belongs to the Dahomey Gap, which consists of a forest-savannah mosaic and represents a vestige of the past. The forest hosts 15.4% of Benin endemic species and thus, urgently requires conservation measures. However, a considerable number of endemic plant species have not yet been characterised and are not even listed in the Red List of Benin plants, while very few of their sample are available in National herbarium of Benin. By focusing on the endemic plant species surveys, this project aims to update their new distributions and strengthen the abilities of communities to manage a living collection by domestication and education programmes.
I’m working on tropical plant conservation within non-protected areas of Benin because protected habitats of Benin, have a distribution that does not currently guarantee the sustainable conservation of the national flora. The study areas comprises the range lands and the communal ecosystems. I am exploring the potential of plant species living in communal areas to built a local botanical gardens by combining traditional and modern knowledges. In the case study of Ewe-Adakplamey communal forest, my aim is to establish the list of plant species and assess the aptitude of useful multipurpose trees to the vegetative regeneration. This could help the useful trees propagation around the fields at low cost and at short scale by rural and unfortunate populations, which are often far from the urban nurseries. Looking at the factors driving natural habitats destruction, key constraints and challenges to which Benin faces to ensure the sustainable conservation of the flora, are related to the inadequacy of main policies in biodiversity conservation and especially the low involvement of local communities. And that is why my project aims to arousing enthusiasm of traditional knowledge holders on plant species and to understand local perceptions that will enhance the safeguarding of tropical plant biodiversity. Improving my knowledge in taxonomy and collection management will enhance my ability to implemente with best tools my project conservation projetc at the national level.

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