Biodiversity of West African Forests: An Ecological Atlas of by L. Poorter, F. Bongers, F.N'. Kouamý, W.D. Hawthorne PDF

By L. Poorter, F. Bongers, F.N'. Kouamý, W.D. Hawthorne

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The Boubo “forêt classée” was completely transformed in oil palm plantations. The Gô-Bodiénou block. Forest cover reduced from 196 km2 in 1958 to 227 km2 in 1990 to 67 km2 in 2000. This block has much closed broadleaf forest and was highly isolated until 1990. A large part of the block is occupied by the Gô-Bodiénou “forêt classée”. The landscape to the north of this forest is made up of numerous groves. Para-rubber tree and palm plantations have increased heavily. This “forêt classée”, along with those of Yapo and Niegré, are the three last large areas of forest in the South zone of the country.

The zones that get priority should then be mapped at a higher resolution. Currently, the FAO is making a huge effort, but it is necessary that the countries concerned improve the available information (Matthews 2001). With the availability of more extensive data processing and more affordable image prices, detailed cartographic observations should be possible. At the national scale: “forêts classées”. It is urgent that the government of Côte d’Ivoire develops a real policy of conservation regarding the “forêts classées” in the country, even though only 23% of the remaining forest in the country is within these “forêts classées”.

Forest cover changed from 210 km2 in 1958 to 139 km2 in 1990 to 46 km2 in 2000. Numerous migrants have established themselves along the coastal Abidjan-San Pedro road since it was improved in 1992. Coffee-cacao plantations, however, have been established to the northwest of this main road for a long time. The Yocoboue-Tiegba main road also crosses the block and led to agricultural occupation. Deforestation is essentially in the interior of “forêts classées” (10% of the classified forest area). The zone along the road to Tiegba is a mosaic of forest and agricultural land.

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