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Article Number - EF9A0FD14962


Vol.5(10), pp. 265-277 , October 2013
DOI: 10.5897/JENE10.102
ISSN: 2006-9847



Full Length Research Paper

Characterization and impact of wood logging on plant formations in Ngaoundéré District, Adamawa Region, Cameroon


Tchobsala1* and Mbolo, M.2




1Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Ngaoundéré, P. O. Box 454, Cameroon.

2Department of Biology and Plant Physiology, Faculty of Science, University of Yaoundé I, P. O. Box 812, Yaoundé, Cameroon.


Email: tchobsala2002@yahoo.fr






 Accepted: 16 August 2013  Published: 31 October 2013

Copyright © 2013 Author(s) retain the copyright of this article.
This article is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0


This study was conducted to characterize the different plant formations (shrubby, arborescent and woody savanna) and to ascertain the impact of wood logging on the floral diversity in the guinea savanna zone of Ngaoundéré District, Adamawa Region, Cameroon. The “Point-Centered Quarter (PCQ) Method” was used on 120 sites measuring 50 × 50 m. Results showed that according to the types of wood logging in the different plant formations, the species generally had an over-scattered distribution, and only the protected savannas had a gregarious distribution. The increased wood logging affects savannas’ stability and the disappearance of the floral biodiversity which are consequently responsible for the accelerated degradation. This is an alarming situation which enhances the progress of desert and the loss of biodiversity in the guinea savanna of the Adamawa Region, Cameroon. It is advocated that a concerted effort between the government and the local population should be established to protect and save the biodiversity in the guinea savanna of the Adamawa Region, Cameroon.

 

Key words: Cameroon, impact, wood logging, distribution, biodiversity.

 

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APA (2013). Characterization and impact of wood logging on plant formations in Ngaoundéré District, Adamawa Region, Cameroon. Journal of Ecology and The Natural Environment, 5(10), 265-277.
Chicago Tchobsala and Mbolo, M.. "Characterization and impact of wood logging on plant formations in Ngaoundéré District, Adamawa Region, Cameroon." Journal of Ecology and The Natural Environment 5, no. 10 (2013): 265-277.
MLA Tchobsala and Mbolo, M.. "Characterization and impact of wood logging on plant formations in Ngaoundéré District, Adamawa Region, Cameroon." Journal of Ecology and The Natural Environment 5.10 (2013): 265-277.
   
DOI 10.5897/JENE10.102
URL http://academicjournals.org/journal/JENE/article-abstract/EF9A0FD14962

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