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Perceptions of ecosystem services provided by tropical forests to local populations in Cameroon
English
[fr] Perceptions des services écosystémiques rendus par les forêts tropicales aux populations locales au Cameroun
Lhoest, Simon mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Ingénierie des biosystèmes (Biose) > Gestion des ressources forestières et des milieux naturels >]
Dufrêne, Marc [Université de Liège - ULiège > Ingénierie des biosystèmes (Biose) > Biodiversité et Paysage >]
Vermeulen, Cédric [Université de Liège - ULiège > Ingénierie des biosystèmes (Biose) > Laboratoire de Foresterie des régions trop. et subtropicales >]
Oszwald, Johan [University of Rennes, UFR Social Sciences, Department of Geography/Planning, Place du Recteur Henri Le Moal CS 24307, Rennes cedex, 35043, France]
Doucet, Jean-Louis [Université de Liège - ULiège > Ingénierie des biosystèmes (Biose) > Laboratoire de Foresterie des régions trop. et subtropicales >]
Fayolle, Adeline [Université de Liège - ULiège > Ingénierie des biosystèmes (Biose) > Gestion des ressources forestières et des milieux naturels >]
Aug-2019
Ecosystem Services
Elsevier B.V.
38
Yes
International
22120416
[en] Ecosystem services ; Perception ; Social assessment approach ; Protected area ; Logging concession ; Community forest
[fr] Services écosystémiques ; Perception ; Méthode d'évaluation sociale ; Aire protégée ; Concession forestière ; Forêt communautaire
[en] In Central Africa, local populations are deeply dependent on tropical forests, which provide numerous ecosystem services (ES). For the first time in Central Africa, we assessed the perceptions of ES provided by tropical forests to local populations, considering three land allocation types: a protected area, a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified logging concession, and three community forests. We conducted a questionnaire survey with 225 forest
stakeholders in southeastern Cameroon, combining an open-ended question and 16 directed questions to evaluate the perceptions of ES significance and abundance, respectively. The ES most frequently reported as significant were provisioning (93% of respondents) and cultural & amenity services (68%), whereas regulating services were less mentioned (16%). Bushmeat provision was the only ES perceived as highly significant but not very abundant. There were slight variations of perceptions among forest land allocation types and respondents, suggesting a relative homogeneity in ES abundance. For further integrative ES assessment, we suggest quantifying ES with complementary ecological and economic approaches, such as meat provision, recreation, tourism, timber provision, spiritual experience, firewood provision, water quality regulation, and inspiration for culture. We also give three concrete recommendations for forest management, the most urgent being to provide sources of protein alternative to bushmeat.
Fonds pour la formation à la Recherche dans l'Industrie et dans l'Agriculture (Communauté française de Belgique) - FRIA
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http://hdl.handle.net/2268/237996
10.1016/j.ecoser.2019.100956

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