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See detailThe detection and characterization of broad-leaved forest canopy gaps: a regeneration perspective
Bonnet, Stéphanie ULg; Bauwens, Sébastien; Lehaire, François ULg et al

Poster (2012, September)

Canopy gaps are areas of high regeneration potential and, in uneven-aged forest, gaps are therefore places of particular care for the forest manager. Nevertheless the cartography and characterization of ... [more ▼]

Canopy gaps are areas of high regeneration potential and, in uneven-aged forest, gaps are therefore places of particular care for the forest manager. Nevertheless the cartography and characterization of canopy gaps are complex issues. This paper addresses the fundamental question of the canopy gap definition: what is the minimal area, the maximal height of vegetation, type of regeneration, etc? From a regeneration point of view, canopy gaps can be defined as holes in the forest cover where light conditions are suitable for recruitment. As an active sensor, LiDAR has made it possible to tackle the problems of shadows and penetration into the canopy, typical of aerial images. This study investigates the cartography and characterization of forest canopy gaps as areas of natural regeneration. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessing and Harmonizing Lying Deadwood Volume with Regional Forest Inventory Data in Wallonia (Southern Region of Belgium)
Ligot, Gauthier ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg; Rondeux, Jacques ULg et al

in Open Forest Science Journal (2012), 5

Using lying deadwood or coarse woody debris (CWD) is on the rise among national and local forest inventories. We compared two generally recommended methods for lying deadwood: line intersect sampling and ... [more ▼]

Using lying deadwood or coarse woody debris (CWD) is on the rise among national and local forest inventories. We compared two generally recommended methods for lying deadwood: line intersect sampling and fixed area sampling. We assessed both methods in plots of the regional forest inventory of Wallonia (southern region of Belgium) and we developed bridging functions that converts CWD volume estimates to estimates that would have been obtained with different thresholds. [less ▲]

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See detailCurrent Pericopsis elata (Fabaceae) patches in southeastern Cameroon: remnants of a long and rich Human-rainforest relationship?
Bourland, Nils ULg; Cerisier, François; Livingstone Smith, Alexandre et al

Poster (2012, June 23)

Pericopsis elata is one of the most valuable African timber species. This IUCN Red Listed tree suffers from a lack of regeneration, thus its current presence provokes questioning. Our work aimed at ... [more ▼]

Pericopsis elata is one of the most valuable African timber species. This IUCN Red Listed tree suffers from a lack of regeneration, thus its current presence provokes questioning. Our work aimed at understanding its origins so as to help securing its future. This study, lead away from engineering works, was conducted in four different sites located within the natural distribution area of the species and taking into account the different growing conditions were the species occurs. Our observations are based on an analysis of charcoal elements and pottery fragments discovered in subsurface layers of soils as well as current botanical and pedological surveys. Evidence of past human activities we found led to the assumption that this part of the Congo Basin was much more inhabited than previously thought. Some of the results obtained for P. elata could apply for other long lived light demanding species growing in the same environment [less ▲]

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See detailPericopsis elata (Harms) Meeuwen in Cameroon: Ecological Check-up of an Endangered Timber Species
Bourland, Nils ULg; Kouadio, Yao Lambert; Lejeune, Philippe ULg et al

Poster (2012, June 20)

Pericopsis elata (Fabaceae – assamela, afrormosia, kokrodua) is a high valued timber species of the moist semi deciduous African forests. Because of logging which started more than 50 years ago, it is ... [more ▼]

Pericopsis elata (Fabaceae – assamela, afrormosia, kokrodua) is a high valued timber species of the moist semi deciduous African forests. Because of logging which started more than 50 years ago, it is considered as threatened and included on both IUCN Red List and CITES Appendix II. Nevertheless, there is still little information available on the species ecology: essential biological parameters controlling its population dynamics remain unknown. Our study first aims at improving the knowledge of its main ecological parameters, then at assessing the impact of selective logging on its populations in a forest management unit in Cameroon (ca 120,000 ha). After inventorying the species (sampling rate of 1.2%), mortality and growth were assessed over continuous 5 and 2-year periods in unlogged and logged areas, respectively. Phenology was monitored in the unlogged forest during 5 years (leaf shedding and flushing, flowering, ripe and unripe fruiting). The population structure followed a bell-shaped curve. Mean annual diameter increments in both environments did not differ significantly between unlogged and logged areas (0.29±0.06 0.31±0.04 cm for unlogged and logged areas, respectively). P. elata is a deciduous species that flowers at the end of the main dry season (Marsh-April). The minimum reproduction and effective flowering diameters were, respectively, 32 and 37 cm. Fruit maturation took place during 7 months (the seed rain occurs in December-January), but all unripe fruits abort 3 years out of 5. With a minimum logging diameter of 90 cm, the recovery rate computed over a 30-year period was greater than 100%. Selective logging harvested only 12.1% of the total number of seed trees and had little influence on the species biological parameters. Securing sufficient regeneration as a post-logging action is probably the most important consideration for achieving long-term sustainability. [less ▲]

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See detailVers une définition unique des zones périurbaines? L’apport de l’écologie du paysage pour la segmentation du gradient urbain-rural.
Andre, Marie ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg et al

Conference (2012, June 06)

L'avènement de l'agriculture, la sédentarisation de l'homme dans des villages, l'extension de ces derniers au point de devenir des villes de taille sans cesse croissante sont autant de phénomènes ... [more ▼]

L'avènement de l'agriculture, la sédentarisation de l'homme dans des villages, l'extension de ces derniers au point de devenir des villes de taille sans cesse croissante sont autant de phénomènes augmentant l'emprise de l'homme sur les ressources naturelles et participant à la dynamique paysagère (Mazoyer et Roudart, 1997). Le phénomène n'est pas négligeable: aujourd'hui, le nombre de personnes vivant dans ce qu'on désigne sous le terme de "ville" a dépassé celui des personnes vivant en dehors (United Nations, 2007). Il convient donc d'étudier en profondeur les conséquences de ce processus qu'est l'urbanisation et de les quantifier (Alberti, 2008). En particulier, la périurbanisation, caractérisée par une expansion diffuse de la ville dans un milieu mitoyen gardant son caractère rural, est au cœur des préoccupations de part sa position stratégique entre des espaces fortement et nettement moins anthropisés (Hervoët, 2001). Toute étude scientifique doit commencer par la délimitation du système étudié (Grimm et al., 2003). Paradoxalement, une synthèse bibliographique récente démontre qu'il n'existe pas de consensus sur le nombre de zones rencontrées dans ce gradient ni sur les définitions et caractéristiques de chacune de ces zones. L'article conclu qu'en vue d'une identification spatiale des zones à l'aide de la télédétection, il est préférable d'utiliser préférentiellement les caractéristiques morphologiques qu'il convient de traduire sous forme d'indices de structure spatiale permettant l'implémentation pratique des définitions données aux zones (André et al., en préparation). Suite à cette constatation, la présente contribution présente une méthode de segmentation du gradient urbain-rural qui s'appuie sur des éléments et indices paysagers décrivant la composition et la structure paysagères. Ces indices illustrent sous forme quantifiable les caractéristiques morphologiques les plus couramment citées pour décrire les différentes zones situées dans le gradient. [less ▲]

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See detailVers une définition unique des zones périurbaines?
Andre, Marie ULg; Bogaert, Jan ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg et al

in Guinand, Sandra (Ed.) Journées APERAU 2012. Penser et Produire la Ville au XXIème Siècle. Modernisation écologique, qualité urbaine et justice spatiale. (2012, June 06)

A l'heure où les villes ne cessent d'augmenter leur emprise sur les paysages mondiaux, l'étude des espaces qui les ceinturent, couramment appelés "zones périurbaines" et le phénomène de leur extension ... [more ▼]

A l'heure où les villes ne cessent d'augmenter leur emprise sur les paysages mondiaux, l'étude des espaces qui les ceinturent, couramment appelés "zones périurbaines" et le phénomène de leur extension dans les régions rurales sont plus que jamais des sujets d'actualité. Les conséquences et enjeux s'y jouant varient selon les régions du monde mais d'aucuns s'accordent à dire que le phénomène de périurbanisation mène en général à la formation de ghettos sociaux, au renforcement des inégalités sociales, à la dégradation visuelle des paysages, ainsi qu'à des conflits humains dus à la multiplication des acteurs y vivant ou y pratiquant une activité. Plus précisément, dans le domaine de l'écologie, ces zones peuvent être à l'origine d'invasions par des espèces exotiques, comme à l'origine de la perte, de la fragmentation ou du rétrécissement des milieux et paysages ouverts, des grandes étendues d'habitats non fragmentés, d'espaces destinés aux compensations écologiques ou même de lieux récréatifs. Ces derniers processus diminuent la qualité de la biodiversité à ces endroits. Paradoxalement, les notions de "rural", de "périurbain" et d'"urbain" restent assez floues; les scientifiques de différentes disciplines peinant à leur donner une définition et des limites acceptées par tous. Il n'est pas rare également certaines études mentionnent une de ces zones sans la définir, la signification exacte étant sous-entendue. Les problèmes causés par l'absence fréquente de définition des zones étudiées sont les suivants: • L'interprétation et la classification d'images satellites, de laquelle découle un grand nombre d'informations pour les planificateurs du territoire et les scientifiques, nécessite une définition claire de ce qui est considéré comme une zone urbaine, périurbaine ou rurale ainsi que des critères et seuils qui délimitent ces classes d'occupation du sol les unes des autres; • Il n'y a pas de comparaison possible entre études portant sur le même sujet car les localisations et natures des sites peuvent être différents; • Dans le domaine scientifique, il est difficile de déterminer si une précision faible dans un résultat obtenu dans une zone (péri)urbaine est dû à de mauvaises mesures qui peuvent être améliorées ou si c'est la définition de la zone qui pose problème. Dans cette étude, différents termes, définitions et caractéristiques se rapportant aux zones urbaines, périurbaines et rurales ont été examinés et comparés sur base de critères tels que leur type ainsi que leurs forces et faiblesses, dans une optique d'analyse de l'évolution d'un paysage. Les causes aux différences observées, la pertinence et les lacunes des différentes définitions et caractéristiques ont été discutées. Enfin, la contribution potentielle d'indices paysagers a été examinée. [less ▲]

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See detailVers une définition unique des zones périurbaines?: l'apport de l'écologie du paysage pour la segmentation du gradient urbain-rural
Andre, Marie ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg et al

in Guinand, Sandra (Ed.) Journées APERAU 2012. Penser et Produire la Ville au XXIème Siècle. Modernisation écologique, qualité urbaine et justice spatiale. (2012, June 06)

L'avènement de l'agriculture, la sédentarisation de l'homme dans des villages, l'extension de ces derniers au point de devenir des villes de taille sans cesse croissante sont autant de phénomènes ... [more ▼]

L'avènement de l'agriculture, la sédentarisation de l'homme dans des villages, l'extension de ces derniers au point de devenir des villes de taille sans cesse croissante sont autant de phénomènes augmentant l'emprise de l'homme sur les ressources naturelles et participant à la dynamique paysagère (Mazoyer et Roudart, 1997). Le phénomène n'est pas négligeable: aujourd'hui, le nombre de personnes vivant dans ce qu'on désigne sous le terme de "ville" a dépassé celui des personnes vivant en dehors (United Nations, 2007). Il convient donc d'étudier en profondeur les conséquences de ce processus qu'est l'urbanisation et de les quantifier (Alberti, 2008). En particulier, la périurbanisation, caractérisée par une expansion diffuse de la ville dans un milieu mitoyen gardant son caractère rural, est au cœur des préoccupations de part sa position stratégique entre des espaces fortement et nettement moins anthropisés (Hervoët, 2001). Toute étude scientifique doit commencer par la délimitation du système étudié (Grimm et al., 2003). Paradoxalement, une synthèse bibliographique récente démontre qu'il n'existe pas de consensus sur le nombre de zones rencontrées dans ce gradient ni sur les définitions et caractéristiques de chacune de ces zones. L'article conclu qu'en vue d'une identification spatiale des zones à l'aide de la télédétection, il est préférable d'utiliser préférentiellement les caractéristiques morphologiques qu'il convient de traduire sous forme d'indices de structure spatiale permettant l'implémentation pratique des définitions données aux zones (André et al., en préparation). Suite à cette constatation, la présente contribution présente une méthode de segmentation du gradient urbain-rural qui s'appuie sur des éléments et indices paysagers décrivant la composition et la structure paysagères. Ces indices illustrent sous forme quantifiable les caractéristiques morphologiques les plus couramment citées pour décrire les différentes zones situées dans le gradient. [less ▲]

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See detailDeveloppement of an original aerial-based inventory method: first steps towards the use of mini Unmanned Areal Vehicle in elephant inventory
Lisein, Jonathan ULg; Vermeulen, Cédric ULg; Bouché, Philippe ULg et al

Scientific conference (2012, May 22)

This research aims at developping a new methodology for counting large mammals by means of an unmanned aerial vehicle. Test flights have been performed in the game ranch of Nazinga (Burkina Faso) during ... [more ▼]

This research aims at developping a new methodology for counting large mammals by means of an unmanned aerial vehicle. Test flights have been performed in the game ranch of Nazinga (Burkina Faso) during the month of february 2012. Aerial images shows that elephant detection is quite feasible. The systems still requires a lot of improvements in order to be able to cover bigger surfaces for a given pixels resolution. Nevertheless, this method seems very promissing and could advantageously replace traditionnal aerial-based inventory. [less ▲]

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See detailHarmonized Growth Models and Simulations of the Evolution of Pure Stands of Norway spruce, Larches and Douglas-fir for Southern Belgium (Wallonia).
Perin, Jérôme ULg; Ligot, Gauthier ULg; Cerisier, François ULg et al

Poster (2012, March 02)

In order to compare different silvicultural scenarios we have undertaken the development of a software that can simulate stand evolution in regards to their species composition, site characteristics and ... [more ▼]

In order to compare different silvicultural scenarios we have undertaken the development of a software that can simulate stand evolution in regards to their species composition, site characteristics and silvicultural operations. As a first approach we limited the scope of our work to even-aged and pure coniferous stands of the three most important coniferous species in Wallonia (southern part of Belgium): Norway spruce (Picea abies), douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziensii) and larches (Larix sp.). This presentation introduces carried out simulations and compare their outcomes. First we gathered data sets from the permanent regional inventory, from observation networks and experimental plots throughout Wallonia. Then we adjusted, for these species, harmonized and distance-independent models of dominant-height growth, tree diameter growth, mortality, and the distribution of tree diameter frequency before the first thinning. Next we implemented those models in the Capsis platform, and we simulated, for the three species, the evolution of virtual stands using different scenarios. On one hand the evolution was performed without thinning, and on the other hand we applied silvicultural scenarios that are commonly used in Wallonia. As a result these models highlight, for example, the great juvenile growth and sensibility to stands density of larches whereas Norway spruce behaves the opposite. Further work is however needed to predict and simulate wood quality and value. Once this will be achieved we will attempt to optimize silvicultural scenarios for the three species. [less ▲]

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See detailCould current Pericopsis elata (Fabaceae) patches in southeastern Cameroon be reasonably linked to past anthropogenic activities ?
Bourland, Nils ULg; Cerisier, François ULg; Livingstone Smith, Alexandre et al

Poster (2012, March 01)

Pericopsis elata is one of the most valuable African timber species. This IUCN Red Listed tree suffers from a lack of regeneration, thus its current presence provokes questioning. Our work aimed at ... [more ▼]

Pericopsis elata is one of the most valuable African timber species. This IUCN Red Listed tree suffers from a lack of regeneration, thus its current presence provokes questioning. Our work aimed at understanding its origins so as to help securing its future. This study, lead away from engineering works, was conducted in four different sites located within the natural distribution area of the species and took into account the different growing conditions were the species occurs. Our observations were based on an analysis of charcoal elements and pottery fragments discovered in subsurface layers of soils as well as on current botanical and pedological surveys. Discovered evidence of past human activities led to the assumption that this part of the Congo Basin was much more inhabited than previously thought. Some of the results obtained for P. elata could apply for other long lived light demanding species growing in the same environment. [less ▲]

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See detailToward a single definition of periurban areas? A review of terms, definitions and characteristics relating to the "urban" terminology.
Andre, Marie ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg et al

Poster (2012, February 10)

Remote sensing image interpretation and classification require a clear definition of what is considered as a rural, a periurban, a suburban or an urban area. Such a definition is also essential in order ... [more ▼]

Remote sensing image interpretation and classification require a clear definition of what is considered as a rural, a periurban, a suburban or an urban area. Such a definition is also essential in order to compare results of studies in periurban zones. Different terms, definitions and characteristics relating to these four concepts have been reviewed in the literature and compared according to different criteria like their type, citation frequency, strenghts and weaknesses, in the scope of a landscape evolution analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailLes outils cartographiques open source au service de la gestion des forêts et des milieux naturels
Fourneau, François ULg; Bonnet, Stéphanie ULg; Toromanoff, François ULg et al

in Forêt Wallonne (2012), (118), 14-22

Les Systèmes d'Information Géographiques (SIG) occupent une place de plus en plus importante dans la boîte à outils des gestionnaires de forêts et de milieux naturels. Malheureusement, le pas vers l ... [more ▼]

Les Systèmes d'Information Géographiques (SIG) occupent une place de plus en plus importante dans la boîte à outils des gestionnaires de forêts et de milieux naturels. Malheureusement, le pas vers l'utilisation de cet outil n'est pas toujours évident à franchir et le choix d'un logiciel adapté à ses besoins et à ses moyens financiers peut s'avérer complexe. Cet article présente un logiciel cartographique libre d'accès (open source) performant et pouvant constituer un choix intéressant pour de nombreux profils d'utilisateurs impliqués dans la gestion des ressources naturelles. [less ▲]

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See detailStructure spatiale des arbres des savanes boisées et forêts claires soudaniennes : implication pour les enrichissements forestiers
Fonton, Noël Houédougbé; Atindogbe, Gilbert; Fandohan, Belarmain et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2012), 16(4), 429-440

During the last decade, management of woodlands in the Sudanian region of Benin has been based on enrichment with valuable tree-species. Yet, no previous research has been undertaken to support enrichment ... [more ▼]

During the last decade, management of woodlands in the Sudanian region of Benin has been based on enrichment with valuable tree-species. Yet, no previous research has been undertaken to support enrichment design with respect to plant eye view, tree growth magnitude or survival capacity under local forest environments. To fill in this gap, Ripley's K function was used to assess the spatial pattern of trees, diameter classes and dominant valuable species in the Sudanian zone. Data were collected in four sites of variable size (150 X 100 m, 150 X 100 m, 100 X 50 m and 150 X 150 m). Mostly, the spatial patterns of the target species revealed small-clumps. Within these small-clumps, intraspecific repulsions were observed on average at a 3 m scale, while interspecific repulsions were noticed at a 4.5 m scale. Only a weak repulsion between diameter size was also remarked, suggesting that proximity to adult trees would not affect the survival of young plants. With regard to observed repulsion scales, we would suggest using a minimum of a 3 m space between trees of the same species and a 4.5 m space between trees of different species, for enrichment plantings in Sudanian woodlands, if based on the target species. However, this suggested spacing may not be optimal with regard to plant growth. Further investigation is needed to address this aspect. [less ▲]

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See detailCaractérisation des plantations privées de teck (Tectona grandis L.f.) du département de l'Atlantique au Sud-Bénin
Atindogbé, Gilbert; Fonton, Noël Houédougbé; Fandohan, Belarmain et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2012), 16(4), 441-451

Teak plantations are an undeniable asset, representing socio-economic and environmental importance in South Benin. Plantation owners see teak as an asset, enabling them to supplement their income through ... [more ▼]

Teak plantations are an undeniable asset, representing socio-economic and environmental importance in South Benin. Plantation owners see teak as an asset, enabling them to supplement their income through timber production and sales. Sustainable management of teak plantations requires a high level of knowledge and understanding of the resource by plantation owners. The snowball sampling method was used in order to reach private teak plantations owners. This is a chain sampling method, which uses information from the first informant (plantation owner) to trace the others in the sample. Data were collected on the socio-economic status of plantation owners, and on both the geographical location and the size of the plantations. Dendrometrical parameters were measured through strip sampling. Factor analysis followed by hierarchical classification and stepwise discriminant analysis were performed in order to build a profile of the owners. We have identified 2,431 owners and 2,624 plantations. Young plantations (up to 5 years old) represent 16.4% of the total plantation area, high forests 12.7% and coppices 70.9%. Overall, these plantations were small in size (average = 0.44 ha). The number of trees per ha was found to be high, regardless of the forest system (respectively 3,371 trees/ha for young plantations, 3006 trees/ha for high forests and 6305 trees/ha for coppice). These high numbers reflect the fact that the trees represent farm-grown timber. Four groups of owners were distinguished: smallholder farmers seeking income (group 1), small city dweller planters and those motivated by securing their properties (group 2), city dweller planters with medium size plantations (group 3); and owners with large-scale plantations (group 4). All groups were willing to secure their land or be involved in the timber trade. The specific characteristics of each group need to be taken into account in considering the sustainable management of private teak plantations in South Benin. [less ▲]

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See detailEcology and management of Pericopsis elata (Harms) Meeuwen (Fabaceae) populations: a review
Bourland, Nils ULg; Kouadio, Yao Lambert; Fétéké, Fousséni et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2012), 16(4), 486-498

Pericopsis elata (Fabaceae) is a valuable timber species occurring in moist semi-deciduous African forests. While it is at present substantially reduced, the tree’s natural distribution previously covered ... [more ▼]

Pericopsis elata (Fabaceae) is a valuable timber species occurring in moist semi-deciduous African forests. While it is at present substantially reduced, the tree’s natural distribution previously covered several distinct areas from Côte d’Ivoire to the Democratic Republic of Congo. This species has been logged since the second half of the 20th century. Because it suffers from a lack of regeneration, P. elata is now included in CITES Appendix II and is recorded as “Endangered A1cd” on the IUCN Red List. As with other long-lived light-demanding species, the survival of P. elata may have been favored by important disturbances that occurred in the Congo Basin during the last millennia. While both international trade and industrial uses of the wood of P. elata are well documented, information about its ecology are very sparse or contradictory, and even absent in some cases (e.g., regarding its effective flowering diameter). Furthermore, data describing the management of P. elata are scarce, including potential solutions to compensate for the deficit of natural regeneration. Along the same lines, genetic studies still remain at an early stage and only vague hypotheses have been offered to explain the origins of the tree’s populations. We emphasize the need for new research on those topics. Further studies would be useful in deciding whether P. elata populations can continue to be logged without the species being threatened with extinction. Finally, such research needs to target effective and inexpensive management procedures that could secure the future of the species in a logging context. [less ▲]

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See detailGame over! Wildlife collapse in northern Central African Republic
Bouché, Philippe ULg; Nzapa Mbeti Mange, Roland; Tankalet, Floride et al

in Environmental Monitoring & Assessment (2012), 184(11), 7001-7011

The wildlife populations of northern Central African Republic (CAR) have long suffered intense uncontrolled hunting. Socio-political turmoil in northern CAR that started in 2002 resulted in a rebellion in ... [more ▼]

The wildlife populations of northern Central African Republic (CAR) have long suffered intense uncontrolled hunting. Socio-political turmoil in northern CAR that started in 2002 resulted in a rebellion in 2006. An aerial sample count was carried out in northern CAR after the cease-fire to assess the impact of this troubled period on wildlife. The survey was flown at the end of the dry season in February-March 2010. It covered a landscape complex of 95 000 km² comprising national parks, hunting reserves and community hunting areas. Comparison with earlier surveys reveal a dramatic decline of wildlife: the numbers of large mammals fell by 94% in 30 years, probably due to poaching, loss of habitat and diseases brought by illegal movements of cattle. Elephant (Loxodonta africana), reduncini and topi (Damaliscus lunatus) populations showed the greatest decline (each over 90%). Other species declined by 70 to 80% during the same period. The future of the rest of the wildlife in this area is dark without a strong commitment to provide adequate funding and quickly implement determined field management. Reinforced cooperation with neighbouring Chad and Sudan is required since they are facing similar problems. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Status of the Medium-Sized Ungulate Populations in 2010, Nazinga Game Ranch, Burkina Faso (Western Africa)
Marchal, Antoine; Lejeune, Philippe ULg; Ouedraogo, Moumouni et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2012), 16(3),

The present study consists of analyzing the raw data collected from the annual line-transect foot count of medium-sized ungulates, carried out at the Nazinga Game Ranch (NGR), Burkina Faso (Western Africa ... [more ▼]

The present study consists of analyzing the raw data collected from the annual line-transect foot count of medium-sized ungulates, carried out at the Nazinga Game Ranch (NGR), Burkina Faso (Western Africa), in both 2001 and 2010. The annual census focused on the seven main medium-sized ungulates, namely (in alphabetical order), the Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus), the Common Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus), the Defassa Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus), the Grimm’s Duiker (Sylvicapra grimmia), the Oribi (Ourebia ourebi), the Roan Antelope (Hippotragus equinus) and the Western Hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus). The census also focused on illegal anthropogenic activities. The wildlife populations were quantitatively analyzed through an estimation of their absolute density via the distance sampling method and through their evolution over the last decade using two relative density indexes, namely the Kilometric Abundance Index (KAI) and a spatial distribution index. These indexes were also used to measure the evolution of illegal activities over the same period. Both the wildlife observations and the anthropogenic observations were mapped using the Kernel method. Following an increasing trend in their population between 2001 and 2010, both the Roan Antelope and the Western Hartebeest reached an estimated density of 4.7 individuals per km², while the Defassa Waterbuck reached 2.4 individuals per km². Following an inverse trend over the same period, the Bushbuck, the Grimm’s Duiker and the Oribi reached an estimated density of 0.4 individuals per km². As for the Common Warthog, its estimated density of 2.5 individuals per km² seemed to remain unchanged during that decade. A comparison between wildlife observations and anthropogenic observations reveals a high decrease in animal densities in the north, east and west peripheral borders of the NGR and a flagrant extension of the proportion of the ranch being subjected to illegal activities (poaching, cattle herding, etc.). [less ▲]

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See detailMathematical formulation and exact solution for landing location problem in tropical forest selective logging, a case study in Southeast Cameroon
Philippart, Julien ULg; Minghe, Sun; Doucet, Jean-Louis ULg et al

in Journal of Forest Economics (2012), 18

In Central Africa, creating forest roads and skid trails is one of the most costly and environmentally damaging operations for the forest's ecosystem. An optimized road network is essential for reducing ... [more ▼]

In Central Africa, creating forest roads and skid trails is one of the most costly and environmentally damaging operations for the forest's ecosystem. An optimized road network is essential for reducing construction costs and improving the sustainable management of timber resources. The location of landings is vital in the development of a future forest road network. In this study, a binary integer programming model similar to the uncapacitated facility location problem is formulated to optimize the locations of the landings. The model is applied to selective logging in Central Africa and tested on an annual logging zone in Southeast Cameroon. The results are compared to that of manual road planning, the currently used method. [less ▲]

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See detailHow to count elephants in West African savannahs? Synthesis and comparison of main gamecount methods
Bouché, Philippe ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg; Vermeulen, Cédric ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2012), 16(1), 77-91

The comparison of some elephants count methods – aerial sampling count, aerial total count and direct foot count – has been presented through surveys’ study cases implemented in Benin, Burkina Faso and ... [more ▼]

The comparison of some elephants count methods – aerial sampling count, aerial total count and direct foot count – has been presented through surveys’ study cases implemented in Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger. We compare them in terms of effort and cost to survey an area (sampling efficiency), efficiency in data collection (detection efficiency) as well as accuracy and precision. Aerial sampling count returns low sampling and detection efficiency and very low precision and accuracy figures when counting elephants populations below 0.5 elephant.km-2. Precision can partly be improved by stratification. Direct foot count returns the best sampling and detection efficiency but insufficient data number to produce reliable estimates. Therefore some authors often produced no results for elephants. Aerial total count is a costly method in absolute value. It requires important logistic and no measure of error is possible. However it provides relatively good sampling and detection efficiency as well as relatively accurate figures appreciated by wildlife managers if technical requirements are respected. Aerial total count could be recommended to survey small population of West African elephants each 3 to 5 years to minimize yearly count costs. [less ▲]

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See detailWild boar and roe deer monitoring with road-based surveys and thermal imaging
Morelle, Kevin ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg

Conference (2011, September 08)

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