International Journal of
Biodiversity and Conservation

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Biodivers. Conserv.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-243X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJBC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 661

IJBC Articles

Contributions of Mount Cameroon National Park (MCNP) activities to livelihood of the local people, South West Region Cameroon

June 2023

The survival of Protected Areas (PAs) in Cameroon is very much dependent on alternative economic benefits derived by local people living around these areas. This study was set out to assess the contributions of Mount Cameroon National Park (MCNP) activities to livelihood of the local people. To achieve this, a household survey was conducted using simple random sampling technic where each household was given equal...

Author(s): Sebastian Iyassa Mosua, Nkwatoh Athanasius Fuashi, Melle Ekane Maurice and Kamah Pascal Bumtu

Highlighting the diversity of the rhizosphere mycobiome of five native West African trees

March 2023

Soil microbial communities play a vital role in ecosystem functioning by enhancing mineral nutrition and protecting forest trees against pathogens through mycorrhizal symbiosis. However, knowledge of the diversity and assemblage of belowground fungal communities associated with native host trees in tropical Africa is incomplete. Using high-throughput sequencing, this study examined soil fungal communities in the...

Author(s): Kassim I. Tchan, Boris Armel Olou, Gbètondji Basile Hounwanou, Peter Meidl, Apollon D. M.T. Hegbe, Marie-Laure Guissou and Nourou S. Yorou

A framework for considering coral ecosystem services for biodiversity offsets

February 2023

Biodiversity offset practices often focus solely on securing ecological validity, despite biodiversity providing various human benefits such as ecosystem services (ES); the use of which is often lost by both the development project and the offset itself. In this paper, a framework is suggested to rationally examine the compensatory measures for ES use losses and tested with actual offset cases in developing countries,...

Author(s): Takeda Shingo, Murayama Takehiko, Nishikizawa Shigeo and Nagaoka Atsushi

Responses of soil microbial biomass carbon to tillage and fertilizer types in maize cultivation in Buea, Cameroon

February 2023

Although soil microbial biomass (MBC) comprises less than 5% of soil organic matter, it responds rapidly to changes in soil management practices and, therefore, is generally used as an early indicators of changes in soil carbon. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of tillage practices (conventional tillage and no-tillage) and fertilizer types (synthetic, organic, and no fertilizer) on soil MBC. The...

Author(s): Amenchwi Amahnui George, Manga Veronica Ebot, Tening Aaron Suh and Nikièma Paligwendé

Human-wildlife conflict in the Campo-Ma’an Technical Operational Unit, Southern Cameroon

December 2022

Human-Wildlife Conflict (HWC) is increasing in the Campo-Ma’an Conservation Area located in the southern region of Cameroon, thus threatening human livelihoods and wildlife; yet the sources and consequences of HWC in this region remain poorly understood. 127 households from three subdivisions were interviewed to investigate the extent of wildlife crop damage and identify humans’ impact on wildlife. Most...

Author(s): Djoko Isaac Blaise, Weladji Robert Bertrand and Paré Patrick

Phenotypic characterization of sorghum accessions on farmers’ fields in northern and eastern Uganda

December 2022

Sorghum is one of the most important cereal crops grown in arid/semi-arid regions of the world. Understanding and utilising the genetic variation in sorghum accessions is essential for improving the crop to adapt to abiotic and biotic constraints. Several authors have reported the loss of sorghum diversity, but there is limited available information on on-farm sorghum diversity in the major sorghum growing areas in...

Author(s): Apunyo P. C., Businge M., Otim M. H., Isubikalu P. and Odong T. L.

Status of the cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) in Ethiopia: A review

October 2022

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), one of the wide-ranging scarce carnivores, was widespread some decades back in Ethiopia's wild lands. However, its natural habitats are currently fragmented and shrinking due to anthropogenic factors. Regardless of this general overview, there appears to be a lack of up-to-date information which reveals the past and existing status of cheetahs in Ethiopia since they are relatively...

Author(s): Kahsay Gebretensae and Fanuel Kebede

The physicochemical properties of surface water resources around fuel filling stations and auto-mobile repair workshops in Bamenda-City, North West Region of Cameroon

October 2022

Surface and ground water resources in urban areas are at risk of contamination from many human activities such as oil spills due to improper location of fuel filling stations and auto mobile repair workshops in fast developing cities in third world countries like Cameroon. The study was aimed at determining the physicochemical properties of surface water resources around fuel filling stations and auto-mobile repair...

Author(s): Ngala Mbah Ignatius, Amenchwi Amahnui George, Toh-Boyo Gwendoline M., Laure Ndemanou Fenwore and Nfor Emmanuel N.

Photophysiology and respiration of the temperate fern Onoclea sensibilis in spring and during summer stress in a changing climate

September 2022

Onoclea sensibilis L. is a temperate fern species of horticultural importance, and widely distributed in the natural environment of North America, Eastern Europe, and parts of Asia. With increasing climate change, including excessive heat and unpredictable, sometimes severe precipitation events, ferns such as O. sensibilis may come under increasing loss of habitat and possibly survival threat. This is a study of the...

Author(s): O. Roger Anderson

The effect of human-mediated mortalities of African leopard (Panthera pardus pardus) in Ethiopia

September 2022

Even though the challenges to the conservation of African leopard (Panthera pardus pardus) in Ethiopia are wide ranging, little is known about the trend of their potential threats. Similarly, the impacts of direct human-induced mortalities of leopards are poorly understood. Available literature sources that include published and unpublished reports and manuscripts on African leopard were reviewed in order to investigate...

Author(s): Kahsay Gebretensae and Admas Messele 

Distribution, diversity and abundance of small mammals in different habitat types in the Usangu area, Southern Tanzania

July 2022

Habitat type and their vegetation composition play important role in determining the abundance and diversity of animals including small mammals, hence any change in habitat type will influence their abundance and spatial distribution. This study aimed at investigating the influence of habitat types (that is, Wetland grassland, Miombo and Vachellia woodlands) on small mammal abundance, diversity, and richness in the...

Author(s): Munisi Evaline J., Masenga Emmanuel H., Mjingo Eblate E., Kiwango Halima, Nkwabi Ally K., Lyamuya Richard D., Mikole Rajabu A., Timbuka Christopher D. and Gear Fraser

Sampling techniques for the optimal measurements of macromycetes diversity in the Soudano-Guinean ecozone (West Africa)

July 2022

Fungi range among the most important organisms in the world thanks to their ecological roles in the ecosystems and their socio-economic importance for human beings. Still, the global fungal species richness is full of uncertainties as evidenced by various estimates. Estimating fungal species richness and diversity is raising many questions related to the sampling effort (in space and time). This study aims to determine...

Author(s): Habakaramo Patrick M., Tchan Kassim I., Hegbe Apollon DMT, Abohoumbo Gildas, Hounsouvo Berince S. R., Tchemagnon Odilon, Dramani Ramdan and Yorou Nourou S.

Status of bamboo species (Poaceae) (Kunth) in Menoua, Agroecological Zone 3 of Cameroon

July 2022

Studies on bamboo resources are limited in Congo Basin. This study assessed species diversity, distribution, characterisation and socio-economic importance of bamboo to livelihood in Menuoa, Cameroon. Ninety questionnaires, one focus group discussion per village, observation and interviews were administered in 9 villages. Yushania alpina (K. Schum.) W.C.Lin, Phyllostachys aurea Carrière ex Rivière & C....

Author(s): Mankou Vanessa Ruth, Avana Marie-Louise, Nfornkah Barnabas Neba and Kaam Rene

Combining local ecological knowledge and field investigations to assess diet composition and feeding habit of forest elephants in Campo-Ma’an National Park, Southern Cameroon

July 2022

Forest elephants are nocturnal and elusive animals, making it difficult to perform direct observations on them. Data on elephants’ diet and feeding habit are lacking despite most forest elephants’ habitats being lost to anthropogenic activities; yet such knowledge may be important for their conservation, particularly in a human dominated landscape.  Local ecological knowledge and field investigations...

Author(s): Djoko Isaac Blaise, Weladji Robert Bertrand and Paré Patrick

Review of the status of African lion (Panthera leo) in Ethiopia

June 2022

African lion (Panthera leo), is an important species in the Ethiopian ecosystems. However, significant lion populations and their suitable habitats in many of their former ranges in Ethiopia have declined over time due to socioeconomic uncertainty and the resulting ecological imbalances. Despite this general trend, it is equally noted that there is a lack of verifiable data which depicts the past and current status of...

Author(s): Kahsay Gebretensae and Fanuel Kebede

Diversity of lichens at Mount Cameroon, South West Region, Cameroon

April 2022

Concern about maintaining the biodiversity of lichen communities’ species has been an issue with lichenologists for many years. Many of the understudied regions face increasing threats from urban development, pollution, and potentially climate change, among other factors. The objective of this study was to examine the diversity of lichens on Mt. Cameroon. To achieve this objective, eight collection sites were...

Author(s): Orock A. E. and Fonge B. A.

Patterns of mammalian roadkill in the Serengeti ecosystem, northern Tanzania

January 2022

Roads that traverse through protected areas if not well managed can have adverse impact on wildlife such as road-kills which is of global conservation concern. Though mammalian road-kills have been reported in different protected areas worldwide, very little information on the problem is available in the Serengeti ecosystem. This study employed both cross sectional observation and opportunistic encounter methods to...

Author(s): Richard D. Lyamuya, Evaline J. Munisi, Kwaslema M. Hariohay, Emmanuel H. Masenga, John K. Bukombe, Grayson G. Mwakalebe, Maulid L. Mdaki, Ally K. Nkwabi and Robert D. Fyumagwa

Challenges for world natural heritage protection through coordinating a variety of values

January 2022

Designation of protected areas is an extremely effective means of "protecting" the natural environment and natural resources, and registration as a world natural heritage site is an extremely effective conservation policy for protecting its outstanding universal value. This paper introduces three cases such as Ha Long Bay, in Vietnam, Galapagos Islands and Shirakami-Sanchi in Japan which are the sites of world...

Author(s): Kazunobu SUZUKI 

Ethnoecological knowledge allied to the management of wild medicinal plants in Ada’a District, East Shewa Zone of Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia

January 2022

This study assessed and documented ethnoecological knowledge of the indigenous people of Ada’a District that has important contribution in the conservation of wild medicinal plants. Both purposive and random sampling methods were used to collect appropriate data. Quantitative and qualitative ethnobotanical methods were used to analyze the ethnoecological data. A significance test on the indigenous knowledge...

Author(s): Alemayehu Kefalew, Sara Sintayehu and Addisie Geremew

Feeding pattern of forest elephants in the Nki National Park and its environs, East Region, Cameroon

January 2022

Forest elephants play a vital role as keystone species in forest ecosystems, but little information is known on their feeding pattern which is a key concern for its conservation. This study was carried out in Nki National Park and the specific objective was to identify cultivated and non-cultivated plants eaten by elephants. Eleven 2 km line transects, and reconnaissance walk of approximately 40.16 km were used to...

Author(s): Fai Collins Ndi, Nguedem Sylvie Fonkwo and Tonjock Rosemary Kinge

Use and socio-economic values of Ricinodendron heudelotii (Bail.) Pierre, a wild oil species in Benin

January 2022

Ricinodendron heudelotii is a wild oil tree species native to sub-Saharan Africa. It is also found in Benin. Its oil is rich in the essential fatty acids (Omega 3, 6), fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) and trace elements, essential for human health. Currently, few people know about this oil, likely explaining its almost total absence in rural markets in Benin. The species is also neglected, as little scientific data...

Author(s): Guillaume HOUNSOU-DINDIN, Rodrigue Castro GBEDOMON, Kolawolé Valère SALAKO, Aristide Cossi ADOMOU, Achille ASSOGBADJO, and Romain GLELE KAKAÏ

Rosewood (Pterocarpus erinaceus) as a de facto forest common for local communities in Ghana

January 2022

This paper discusses how rosewood as a common-pool resource is managed and utilized at the local community level in the wake of aggravated exploitation of the resource for export to feed external markets. Non-probability sampling technique coupled with focus group discussion was used to collect primary data from two administrative districts in the transitional zone between the savannah and high forest in Ghana. In all,...

Author(s): Obiri D. B., Abukari H., Oduro K. A., Quartey R. K., Dawoe E. L. K., Twintoh J. J. and Opuni-Frimpong E.

Environmental sustainability of consumptive and non-consumptive wildlife tourists: The case of a game reserve in Namibia

October 2021

Africa as a tourism destination is seen as a wildlife tourism hotspot that contributes significantly to job creation, community upliftment, and conservation. Wildlife tourism is based on encounters with non-domestic animals that can occur in either the animal’s natural environment or in captivity. The interaction with the animals includes activities that are historically classified as consumptive and...

Author(s): Peet van der Merwe, Elmarie Slabbert and Machiel Koch

Biodiversity loss and conservation challenges in Chimit Kolla, Gozamen District, East Gojam Zone, Amhara Region, Ethiopia

October 2021

A field study in Chimit Kolla, Gozamen District, Ethiopia was conducted in November, 2020. The study aimed to evaluate the biodiversity loss and major conservation challenges in the area. Direct sighting of the animals in the field and indirect evidences like scats, prey leftover and evidence from native key informants revealed higher wildlife potential of the area. However, intensive agricultural investment,...

Author(s): Yihew Biru Woldegiorgis and Amare Gibru Mekonnen

Traditional uses of African rosewood (Pterocarpus erinaceus Poir. Fabaceae) through the sociolinguistic groups and the pathways of conservation and sustainable management in Benin

October 2021

Pterocarpus erinaceus Poir, a spontaneous species from Guinean savannahs of West Africa, functions as socio-economic and cultural livelihood in rural areas of Benin. This study improved the knowledge of people about the uses of P. erinaceus organs connected to the sociolinguistic diversity in Benin, intending to enhance the pathways of conservation and sustainable management of the species. A total of 506 respondents...

Author(s): Christine Ouinsavi, Bienvenue Nawan Kuiga Sourou, Adigla Appolinaire Wédjangnon, Towanou Houêtchégnon, Yanik Akin, and Justin Dossou

Floristic composition, diversity and community structure in a secondary rainforest in Ibadan, Nigeria

October 2021

Secondary forests may act as buffer area and serve as reservoir for biotic components that are lost from primary forest due to anthropogenic disturbances. This study investigated the floristic composition, diversity and community structure of Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN), Idi-Ayunre, Ibadan, Nigeria. Twenty-five main plots (each 50 m × 50 m) were randomly mapped out to enumerate tree species, five 10...

Author(s): B. M. Seyni, R. O. Awodoyin, O. S. Olubode, S. A. Adeniji and D. B. Ibrahima

Diversity, structure and health of a cocoa based agroforest system in the Humid dense forest, East Cameroon

October 2021

Cocoa is a major cash crop in Cameroon, where its production and export contributes significantly to the national economy and in poverty alleviation. Cocoa-based agroforestry systems (cAFS) have been recognised as a fair strategy for natural resource management, combining both the agricultural and conservation objectives. This study aims to (1) assess the diversity, (2) analyses the floristic and structural...

Author(s): Essomba Henry Seraphin, Betti Jean Lagarde, Priso Richard, Ngueguim Jules and Njimbam Oumar Farrick

Ethnobotanical study of the coconut palm in the Coastal Zone of Benin

July 2021

The coconut palm (Cocos nucifera L.), also known as “tree of life”, is widely distributed across the Coastal Zone in Benin, where its cultivation is most important. Using participatory research appraisal tools and techniques, a survey was conducted in this zone to assess the diversity of coconut ecotypes, associated endogenous knowledge and their utilization. Nineteen villages randomly selected, and...

Author(s): Ulysse Ayihaou DAA-KPODE, Gustave DJEDATIN, Edmond SACLA AIDE, Kolawolé Valère SALAKO, Farid BABA-MOUSSA and Kifouli ADEOTI,

Assessment of the diversity and abundance of tree species in Afe Babalola University, Ado- Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria

July 2021

In this study, an assessment of trees diversity and abundance in the Afe Babalola University Ado Ekiti, Ado Ekiti, Nigeria was carried out. Stratified sampling method was employed. The University was divided into four strata for adequate sampling (Stratum A, B, C, D). The results revealed a total of 816 individual trees of 21 tree species belonging to 16 families. The family Aracaceae has the highest number of species...

Author(s): Jeje A. A., Olanipekun M. K. and Otoide J. E.

Tree species composition and diversity in Agoro-Agu Central Forest Reserve, Lamwo District, Northern Uganda

July 2021

Tree species composition and diversity were assessed in Agoro-Agu Central Forest Reserve located in Lamwo district-Northern Uganda. Fifteen transects, each 2 km long, were established in the reserve. A procedure of nested quadrats was employed for a systematic sampling of mature trees, saplings and seedlings at 100 m interval(s). Vegetation analysis was conducted in Species Diversity and Richness (SDRiv) software. A...

Author(s): John Bosco Lamoris Okullo, Sylvano Afai, Grace Nangendo and James Kalema

Assessment the conservation status and vulnerability of the ichthyological population of the Bandama River in the Marahoué Region (Central West of Côte d'Ivoire)

July 2021

The conservation status and the vulnerability to fishing pressure of the ichthyological population of the Bandama River located in the Marahoué Region (Côte d’Ivoire) were assessed. Sampling of fish fauna was conducted from September 2019 to November 2020 using experimental and artisanal fisheries. The results of International Union for Conservation of Nature show that, the majority of the fish...

Author(s): OUATTARA Dramane, ASSI Sonan Romuald, KONAN Kouakou Séraphin and BOUSSOU Koffi Charles

Forest cover change due to large scale plantation agriculture and community perception of its impact on climate variability in Nguti sub-division, South West Cameroon Region

July 2021

This study was carried out to evaluate the effects of plantation agriculture on land use, land cover change in the Nguti sub division and to investigate resident’s perception about the effects of land use, land cover change on local climatic variability. Satellite maps from Landsat multispectral images were processed using Arc GIS 8 to assess land cover change overtime. Structured questionnaires, focused group...

Author(s): Clara Enow Ayombe, Amahui George Amenhwi and Mbah Ignatius Ngala

Impact of protected areas on the livelihood of locals: A case study in Saadani National Park, Tanzania

July 2021

We randomly selected 200 households from the four villages (50 per village) based on the household distance from the park: villages settled close to the park and villages settled further away from the park. Besides, qualitative methods including focus group discussions and direct observations, were used. Community activities differed between the two groups of villages (close and far from the park). Furthermore, local...

Author(s): Franco P. Mbise, Beatrice Moshi and Eivin Røskaft

Spatial distribution, ecological niche model of pignut and control eradication strategies in the context of climate and global change for Benin, West Africa

July 2021

Benin’s native biodiversity, like other countries in the world, is facing biological invasions through the proliferation of invasive alien species. One of them, the pignut (Mesosphaerum suaveolens (L.) Kuntze, Lamiaceae), represents a serious threat to the biodiversity. The control of its spatial distribution and ecological niche are essential to understand its favorable spatial area and predict its dynamics. The...

Author(s): AÏKPON Gorgias, KOURA Kourouma and GANGLO C. Jean

Can conservation incentives promote willingness to coexist with large carnivores in the eastern Serengeti ecosystem?

July 2021

Communities living adjacent to protected areas tend to express more willingness to coexist with large carnivores in their areas when they receive tangible benefits. The aim of this study was to explore people’s willingness to coexist with large carnivores, including lions (Panthera leo), leopards (Panthera pardus), cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus), spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta), African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) and...

Author(s): Franco P. Mbise and Eivin Røskaft

Studies on Shea (Vitellaria paradoxa) fruits storage and different preservation technologies for domestication

April 2021

In order to prevent a Shea seed from germination when stored, a preservation technology was adopted using different polythene bags which include a white transparent polythene bag of 500 mm gauge, big size perforated brown envelope, and black polythene bags of 500 mm guage. The results revealed that the Shea seeds preserved in the white transparent polythene bags retained their viability for six months which can then be...

Author(s): Koloche, I. M., Ikuenobe, C. E., Solomon, S., Enaberue, L. O., Garba, H., Mohammed, A. and Yahaya, S. A.

Invertebrate fauna associated with the cultivation of Vernonia calvoana calvoana (Asteraceae) in Yaoundé (Center-Cameroon)

April 2021

Vernonia calvoana is a culture spread across the world and prized for its culinary and medicinal virtues. The data was collected in Yaoundé, Central Cameroon region through manual harvesting at two stations from 2017 to 2019. A total of 168 species or morphospecies belonging to 47 families and 12 orders from two phyla were collected. The most abundant phylum was Arthropoda which represented 99.96% of the total...

Author(s): EBANGUE TITTI Oscar Giovanni William, MONY Ruth and NOLA Moïse

Physiological ecology of ferns: Biodiversity and conservation perspectives

April 2021

Ferns have a long geological record extending over millions of years, and they are distributed in diverse environments worldwide; including swamps, coastal locations, open grasslands, mountain terrains, drylands and deserts. Consequently, their physiological ecology is rich with examples of the fern species diversity, and remarkable adaptive variability. This is a review of some major aspects of their physiological...

Author(s): O. Roger Anderson

Breeding biology and diet of the Madagascar Buzzard Buteo brachypterus in the Bemanevika Protected Area, Madagascar

April 2021

The breeding biology and diet of the endemic Madagascar Buzzard Buteo brachypterus, in Bemanevika Protected Area, northern Madagascar, was studied in 2017 and 2018. Nest building occurred from early August to early September, egg laying from late August to early October, hatching between September and October and fledging between November and December. Laying peaked in September (n = 24 pairs). Twenty-four breeding...

Author(s): Laurent Raveloson, Lily-Arison Rene de Roland, Marius Rakotondratsima, Armand Benjara and Russell Thorstrom

Climate change study in Burkina Faso from 1987 to 2018: An online systematic review for future directions

February 2021

In this paper, we perform a bibliometric analysis of published climate change research in Burkina Faso for the period of 1987 to 2018. More specifically, this article aims at (1) revealing the temporal, and categorical patterns in climate change research; (2) summarizing the global research trends from multiple perspectives; and (3) providing an alternative demonstration of research advancements about climate change...

Author(s): Rimwaodo P. Silga, Adama Oueda, Idrissa Ouedraogo, Komandan Mano, Peter D. M. Weesie and Gustave B. Kabre

Species composition, seasonal abundance and distribution of avifauna in Lake Hawassa and part of the Eastern Wetland habitats, Southern Ethiopia

February 2021

This study was carried out in Lake Hawassa, Tikur wuha riverine habitat and Cheleleka wetland from August 2017 to February 2018. The study aims to investigate species composition, seasonal abundance and distribution of birds. Systematic random sampling techniques at an interval of 3 km were used to select sampling blocks. T-test and one way ANOVA were applied for analysis of the effect of season on the composition and...

Author(s): Amare Gibru and Girma Mengesha

The effects of anthropogenic activities on the regeneration of flora in duekoué and scio forests in Southwestern Côte D’ivoire

February 2021

The aim of this study is to understand how the crop farms and forest plantations affect the regeneration of local flora. Ten plots of 10 m × 10 m size were established per vegetation type and all DBH categories of vascular plants were inventoried. The richness of adult plants (DBH ≥10 cm) was similar to those of juvenile plants (10 cm > DBH ≥1 cm), which was between 20 and 50 times lower than the richness...

Author(s): François N’Guessan Kouame and Marina Lucette Amany Kone

Abundance, distribution and ecological impacts of invasive plant species in Maputo Special Reserve, Mozambique

October 2020

With a few exceptions, comprehensive assessment of invasive plants species (IPSs) list that invade Maputo Special Reserve’s natural ecosystems is lacking. Some available data are either preliminary or localised, or focus on agricultural weeds that leave an ecological gap about IPSs. In order to establish this gap, a study was conducted to asses the impact of IPSs in Maputo Special Reserve. A stratified random...

Author(s): Byabasaija Syliver, Natasha Ribeiro, Eunice Cavane and Matola Salimo

Community dependency and perceptions of a protected area in a threatened ecoregion of Myanmar

October 2020

Local communities living adjacent to protected areas (PA) play a vital role in biodiversity conservation. Understanding communities’ use and perceptions of a PA will increase its conservation effectiveness through reducing anthropogenic pressures and improving park-people relationship. This study assessed local communities’ dependency on the PA and perceptions of benefits and costs accrued from the PA. Using...

Author(s): Thazin Htay,  and  Eivin Røskaft  

Small mammal community demography and reproductive seasonality under protection, pastoralism and agriculture in the Serengeti Ecosystem, Tanzania

October 2020

This work examined population demography and reproductive seasonality among small mammals under protection, pastoralism and agriculture in the Serengeti Ecosystem in 2017 and 2018. Small mammals were trapped to quantify variation in the proportions of actively breeding individuals, juvenile recruitment and adult sex ratio across land use types and seasons. Breeding peaked in the wet season, reflecting a corresponding...

Author(s): Monica Shilereyo, Flora J. Magige, Joseph O. Ogutu and Eivin Røskaft

Typology of cocoa-based agroforestry systems of the semi-deciduous forest zone in Togo (West Africa)

October 2020

In the tropical zone, cocoa-based agroforest systems (CAFS) are considered as a mean to maintain and conserve biodiversiy. In the sub-humid zone of Togo (West Africa), agroforest plant species are key components of the landscape and agricultural lands. Cocoa and coffee agroforest systems contribute directly and indirectly to the livelihoods of an estimated one million people in Togo. Despite this fact, there is only few...

Author(s): Oyetounde DJIWA, Hodabalo PEREKI and Kudzo Atsu GUELLY

Effect of pesticide use on weeds, pollinators and microbial activity in Nzoia Sugar Basin of Western Kenya

October 2020

Diversity of flowering plants, pollinators and microbial activity was assessed in five farms of Nzoia Sugar Company and one outgrower farm in Western Kenya. The overarching study objective was to determine differences in species diversity in the sugar farms using agrochemicals and those not using. To sample flowering plants, transects were laid along sugar farms with quadrats 20 m apart. Sweep nets captured fauna flying...

Author(s): Rebecca Ngumburu Karanja, Anastasia Wairimu Muia, Catherine Kariuki,  Anastasia Njoki Ngigi Reuben Mukundi Njue and Joseph Maina Kariuki  

Impact of cocoa cultivation in the forest-savannah transition zone of western Côte d'Ivoire

October 2020

The mountainous relief of Western Region of Côte d'Ivoire, as well as large savannas bordering the dense semi-deciduous forests, did not make this part of the country an area suitable for cocoa cultivation. However, in search of forest land for cocoa cultivation, a large influx of people has been observed in this area over the last decade. The objective of this study is to assess the impact of human pressure...

Author(s): Kadio Attey N. Koua, Kouassi B. Kpangui and Yao Sadaiou S. Barima

Underfunding, the challenge of federally managed protected areas of Ethiopia

October 2020

This paper presents an analysis of the costs of protected areas (PAs) management in Ethiopia, specifically those managed by the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority. The authority is managing a network of protected area (PA) systems covering an area of about 29,950 km2. Primary and secondary data were used. A total of 3,045 rangers are required to effectively control illegal activities. The estimated number...

Author(s): Simeneh Admasu, Hadis Tadele, Mekbeb Tessema and Zelealem Tefera

Communities’ attitudes and perceptions towards the status, use and management of Kapolet Forest Reserve in Kenya

October 2020

Forest communities play a vital role in the conservation of forest resources. Understanding communities’ use, attitudes and perceptions of forests and management measures is significant in attaining conservation goals and reducing forest resource use conflicts. This study sought to assess local community’ forest resources use and their perception towards forest status, use and management. Data was collected...

Author(s): Brian Rotich, Stanley Makindi and Moses Esilaba

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