Timber harvesting, non timber forest products and rural livelihoods in Central Africa

Timber harvesting, non timber forest products and rural livelihoods in Central Africa

Many trees are important to local communities for health, income, nutrition, and
construction purposes, and to timber companies for their wood. Timber production and
exports have increased in Central Africa over the last decade. Furthermore, the number
of species exploited for timber purposes have also increased since the devaluation of
the CFA Francs. All these factors have negative impact on forest resources and on
biodiversity. Trees harvested for their timber take many years to mature. The
destruction of these resources is a threat to rural livelihood.
The paper argues that a balanced approach is needed to take into account both the
interests of rural communities and timber companies. This will require, among others,
the respect by timber companies of the management plans they draw, the exclusion
from harvesting of selected timber species that are important to local communities, and
the need to involve rural communities in the monitoring of the activities of timber
companies.

Authors: Ndoye, O.

Topic: non-timber forest products,trees,medicinal plants,research,timbers,species,conferences

Geographic: Central Africa,Africa

Publisher: IUCN, Yaounde, Cameroon

Publication Year: 2003

Source: Conference sur les Ecosystems de Forets Denses et Humides d'Afrique Centrale (CEFDHAC). Concilier la gestion des ecosystemes forestiers d'Afrique centrale et la lutte contre la pauvrete: actes de la quatrieme CEFDHAC, Kinshasa, 10-13 Juin 2002. 117-126


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