||Parkia biglobosa (Jacq.) R. Br. ex Benth. harvesting as a tool for conservation and source of income for local people in Pendjari Biosphere Reserve
VODOUHE Gbèlidji Fifanou ,
ADEGBIDI ANSELME BIENVENU E. ADÉNIYI ,
COULIBALY Ousmane ,
SINSIN Brice ,
||Acta botanica gallica
||We analyze the contribution of Parkia biglobosa fruit harvesting as
source of income for local communities around the Pendjari Biosphere Reserve
in Benin and the role that this exploitation plays in improving the conservation
status of this species. We interviewed 124 farmers in five villages and conducted
field surveys on 80 plots of 50 m * 50 m. Results show that P. biglobosa
contributes to 53% to family net income during its fructification period. Poorer,
intermediate as well as wealthier households rely equally on the species. It
appears that land unavailability is an important factor which determines household
link with species. Very little evidence could be found indicating that harvesting
is damaging the resource. Therefore, for reproducible resources such as P.
biglobosa, it would be possible to reconcile conservation and poverty reduction objectives.
||Parkia biglobosa - income generation - conservation - Benin.
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