2005, CIFOR implemented an MLA survey in the Ivindo National Park in Gabon, in
collaboration with the Institut de Recherche en Ecologie Tropicale (IRET) of the
Centre National de Recherche Scientifique et Technologique (CENAREST).
Ivindo National Park (PNI; 300,000ha) is one of the 13 new parks created in
Gabon in august 2002. Local communities claim traditional territories along the
Ivindo river, inside PNI, and their main economic activities along this river
are hunting, fishing and sand digging. They were not involved in or prepared for
the creation of PNI and are worried about what conservation will mean for their
livelihoods. Alternative economic opportunities are scarce.
survey was carried out to contribute to an improved understanding of local
perceptions and priorities concerning the landscape, and to find opportunities
for better informed negotiation between development and conservation objectives
in the PNI area.
Map of the study area and sample plots.
Interviews in the
and Wan, M. 2006.
Biodiversity and local priorities in a community near the
Ivindo National Park Makokou, Gabon. CIFOR, Bogor, Indonesia