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See detailWildlife conservation at Madagascar - A global overview
Wilmet, Leslie ULg; Vermeulen, Cédric ULg; Beudels Jamar, Roseline C.

Scientific conference (2015, October 13)

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See detailWiMUAS: New inventory method to perform wildlife counts with UAS and review the large datasets
Linchant, Julie ULg; Lhoest, Simon ULg; Semeki, Jean et al

Conference (2015, October 13)

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See detailImpact of forest transition on non-timber forest products in Central Africa
Gillet, Pauline ULg; Vermeulen, Cédric ULg; Feintrenie, Laurène

Conference (2015, September)

The objective of the study is to evaluate the impact of deforestation on non-timber forest products (NTFPs) harvest in Central Africa. The most common vegetal NTFPs are fruits, barks and leaves used as ... [more ▼]

The objective of the study is to evaluate the impact of deforestation on non-timber forest products (NTFPs) harvest in Central Africa. The most common vegetal NTFPs are fruits, barks and leaves used as complements to the staple food (cassava or plantain). Animal NTFPs such as caterpillars, worms and bush meat represent a major source of animal protein in the villagers’ diet. We analyzed the evolution of several parameters including NTFPs diversity, distance to the road, changes in land tenure rules, proportion in the alimentary bolus and in the villagers’ incomes. The research is based on field surveys, participatory mapping and geolocation of activities held in 8 villages. Three study sites are located at different stages on Mather’s forest transition curve (Mather, 1992). This curve shows the relationship between forest cover and population density. The sites represent the situations: (i) important cover of intact forest, (ii) forest partially degraded and under pressure of conversion to other land uses and (iii) small surfaces of degraded forest with a trend of plantation of useful trees on deforested land. Results show a reduction in NTFPs diversity along with the increase of deforestation. The maximum distance of collection sites to the road increases between the first and the second study site, as a consequence of the decrease in the quantity of NTFPs available. This distance decreases significantly in the third study site due to the contraction of villages’ terroir. The diversity of bush meat decreases while the hunting bag evolves from big to small species along with the forest transition. Land tenure rules to access and extract NTFPs become stricter. As a consequence, the proportion of these products reduces in the alimentary bolus and in the family cash income. This analysis establishes a strong link between Mather’s forest transition curve and the decline of the importance of NTFPs in the village production and livelihoods systems [less ▲]

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See detailLes premières forêts communautaires du Gabon - Le film - Bonus 1
Meunier, Quentin; Boldrini, Sylvie; Federspiel, Michèle et al

Conference (2015, September)

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See detailAre unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) the future of wildlife monitoring? A review of accomplishments and challenges
Linchant, Julie ULg; Lisein, Jonathan ULg; Semeki, Jean et al

in Mammal Review (2015), 45

1. Regular monitoring of animal populations must be established to ensure wildlife protection, especially when pressure on animals is high. The recent development of drones or unmanned aircraft systems ... [more ▼]

1. Regular monitoring of animal populations must be established to ensure wildlife protection, especially when pressure on animals is high. The recent development of drones or unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) opens new opportunities. UASs have several advantages, including providing data at high spatial and temporal resolution, providing systematic, permanent data, having low operational costs and being low-risk for the operators. However, UASs have some constraints, such as short flight endurance. 2. We reviewed studies in which wildlife populations were monitored by using drones, described accomplishments to date and evaluated the range of possibilities UASs offer to provide new perspectives in future research. 3. We focused on four main topics: 1) the available systems and sensors; 2) the types of survey plan and detection possibilities; 3) contributions towards antipoaching surveillance; and 4) legislation and ethics. 4. We found that small fixed-wing UASs are most commonly used because these aircraft provide a viable compromise between price, logistics and flight endurance. The sensors are typically electro-optic or infrared cameras, but there is the potential to develop and test new sensors. 5. Despite various flight plan possibilities, mostly classical line transects have been employed, and it would be of great interest to test new methods to adapt to the limitations of UASs. Detection of many species is possible, but statistical approaches are unavailable if valid inventories of large mammals are the purpose. 6. Contributions of UASs to anti-poaching surveillance are not yet well documented in the scientific literature, but initial studies indicate that this approach could make important contributions to conservation in the next few years. 7. Finally, we conclude that one of the main factors impeding the use of UASs is legislation. Restrictions in the use of airspace prevent researchers from testing all possibilities, and adaptations to the relevant legislation will be necessary in future. [less ▲]

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See detailLes progrès de la foresterie sociale et communautaire
Vermeulen, Cédric ULg; Meunier, Quentin; Moumbogou, Carl et al

Conference (2015, September)

Depuis plus de dix ans, le Gabon s'est doté de lois forestières riches en promesses quant à la gestion sociale des massifs forestiers par les populations locales, à travers le concept de « forêt ... [more ▼]

Depuis plus de dix ans, le Gabon s'est doté de lois forestières riches en promesses quant à la gestion sociale des massifs forestiers par les populations locales, à travers le concept de « forêt communautaire ». C'est dans ce cadre que s'est inscrit le projet Union Européenne DACEFI, projet mis en oeuvre de 2010 à 2014 à travers un partenariat entre le Ministère en charge des Forêts, le WWF, l’association sans but lucratif belge Nature+ et le Laboratoire de foresterie tropicale et subtropicale de Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech. L'objectif était de développer la foresterie sociale et communautaire sur les plans technique, institutionnel et organisationnel. Les équipes du projet ont développé des concepts et méthodes innovantes adaptées aux contextes socio-économiques locaux. La mise en place d'un cadre réglementaire a permis la création des premières forêts communautaires du Gabon, tandis que le renforcement de capacités au niveau des communautés a permis une autonomisation et une responsabilisation nécessaire à la mise en oeuvre des premiers plans simples de gestion. DACEFI en chiffres, c’est une centaine de villages sensibilisés depuis le début du projet, 16 sites partenaires accompagnés, 8 associations villageoises reconnues et formées, 7 communautés activement engagées dans la création d’une forêt communautaire, plus de 10 écoles et plusieurs centaines d’élèves primaires sensibilisés sur la gestion durable, 10 textes de loi rédigés ou révisés pour la mise en place du cadre réglementaire régissant les forêts communautaires au Gabon, une clé de répartition des revenus construite, accompagnée d’outils ludiques pour sa mise en place et sa compréhension et enfin plus de 10 000 plants d’arbres produits en pépinières et des dizaines de sites enrichis. Un film a également été produit qui sera présenté séparément au congrès. [less ▲]

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See detailDeveloping biodiversity indicators on a stakeholders' opinions basis: the gypsum industry Key Performance Indicators framework.
Pitz, Carline ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg; Vermeulen, Cédric ULg et al

in Environmental Science and Pollution Research (2015)

Aims: To establish a common Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) framework for reporting about the gypsum industry biodiversity at the European level. Methods: In order to integrate different opinions and to ... [more ▼]

Aims: To establish a common Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) framework for reporting about the gypsum industry biodiversity at the European level. Methods: In order to integrate different opinions and to reach a consensus framework, an original participatory process approach has been developed among different stakeholder groups: Eurogypsum, European and regional authorities, universities scientists, consulting offices, European and regional associations for the conservation of nature and the extractive industry. The strategy is developed around four main steps: (i) building of a maximum set of indicators to be submitted to stakeholders based on the literature (Focus Group method); (ii) evaluating the consensus about indicators through a policy Delphi survey aiming at the prioritization of indicator classes using the Analytic Hierarchy Process method (AHP) and of individual indicators; (iii) testing acceptability and feasibility through analysis of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) and visits to three European quarries; (iv) Eurogypsum final decision and communication. Results: The resulting framework contains a set of 11 indicators considered the most suitable for all the stakeholders. Conclusions: Our KPIs respond to European legislation and strategies for biodiversity. The framework aims at improving sustainability in quarries and at helping to manage biodiversity as well as to allow the creation of coherent reporting systems. The final goal is to allow for the definition of the actual biodiversity status of gypsum quarries and allow for enhancing it. The framework is adaptable to the local context of each gypsum quarry. [less ▲]

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See detailHabitat use of the endangered Lepilemur mittermeieri - Northwest Madagascar
Wilmet, Leslie ULg; Vermeulen, Cédric ULg; Beudels-Jamar, Roseline C et al

Conference (2015, August)

Genus Lepilemur is exemplary of the endemic mammalian fauna of the island of Madagascar. Sportive lemurs have small distribution ranges, and fairly small total populations and are particularly negatively ... [more ▼]

Genus Lepilemur is exemplary of the endemic mammalian fauna of the island of Madagascar. Sportive lemurs have small distribution ranges, and fairly small total populations and are particularly negatively affected by deforestation and habitat fragmentation. Our research focus on a poorly-known taxon, Lepilemur mittermeieri, whose distribution range is located on the Ampasindava peninsula in the northwest Madagascar. It has been described in 2006 on the basis of genetic material only. Since then, no further research has been conducted and general information of this endangered species is urgently requested. We will present our global project as well as the results of a second field mission conducted from March to June 2015 in order to specifically 1) investigate habitat use of 8 radio-collared Lepilemur mittermeieri by the analysis of their home range, feeding ecology and sleeping sites characteristics and 2) to complete forest characterization of the home range of each radio-collared animal. This study is conducted on the Ampasindava peninsula, a priority area for Malagasy conservation. [less ▲]

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See detailLe Parc National Sahamalaza - Iles Radama serait-il l’ultime refuge pour certaines espèces de lémuriens du nord-ouest de Madagascar ?
Wilmet, Leslie ULg; Beudels-Jamar, Roseline C.; Schwitzer, Christoph et al

in Tropicultura (2015)

Depuis des millions d’années, la faune et la flore terrestre de Madagascar ont évolué dans un espace isolé. Suite à cette situation, le niveau d’endémisme y est très élevé et l’ensemble de l’île ... [more ▼]

Depuis des millions d’années, la faune et la flore terrestre de Madagascar ont évolué dans un espace isolé. Suite à cette situation, le niveau d’endémisme y est très élevé et l’ensemble de l’île représente un des plus importants hotspot de biodiversité. Madagascar fait aussi partie des pays les plus touchés en termes de destruction des habitats naturels ; 90 % de la végétation d’origine est aujourd’hui perdue. La déforestation et la fragmentation des habitats forestiers menace particulièrement les primates de l’île, les lémuriens. L’île est considérée par de nombreuses organisations internationales comme une priorité pour la conservation de la nature, autant dans le domaine zoologique que botanique. Les premières aires protégées de Madagascar ont été établies en 1927 et l’île en compte aujourd’hui 47. Cet article reprend l’historique et fait l’état des lieux du parc national Sahamalaza-Ile Radama, situé au nord-ouest de Madagascar. Nous nous intéressons spécifiquement à deux espèces de lémuriens emblématiques du parc ; Eulemur flavifrons et Lepilemur sahamalazensis ainsi qu’aux menaces qui pèsent sur leur écosystème. Différentes mesures ont été proposées dans le cadre d’un Plan d’Action de Conservation afin d’en améliorer la gestion et assurer la survie de ces espèces. [less ▲]

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See detailLes forêts communautaires et l'APV-FLEGT au Gabon
Moumbogou, Carl; Meunier, Quentin; Mvou Biyogo, T. et al

E-print/Working paper (2015)

Promu par l’Union européenne depuis 2003, le plan d’action FLEGT propose une approche novatrice de lutte contre l’exploitation illégale des forêts, en établissant un lien entre l’amélioration de la ... [more ▼]

Promu par l’Union européenne depuis 2003, le plan d’action FLEGT propose une approche novatrice de lutte contre l’exploitation illégale des forêts, en établissant un lien entre l’amélioration de la gouvernance dans les pays producteurs et l’accès au marché de l’UE. Ce plan concerne tous les titres forestiers, dont les forêts communautaires. Ces dernières ont été désignées au Gabon comme source légale de bois à la faveur des négociations d’un APVFLEGT avec l’UE. Dès lors, et afin de stabiliser le système qui sera mis en place, il est nécessaire de préparer des outils adaptés permettant d’articuler le FLEGT et les forêts communautaires. [less ▲]

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See detailGarantir la légalité et assurer la traçabilité. Deux piliers de la mise en oeuvre de l'APV-FLEGT.
Moumbogou, Carl; Meunier, Quentin; Bracke, Charles et al

E-print/Working paper (2015)

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See detailLa gestion participative : vernis à la mode ou vrai outil de l'ingénieur ?
Vermeulen, Cédric ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2015)

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See detailLes concessions forestières des communautés locales : une avancée potentielle pour la foresterie sociale ? Perspectives dans un monde en déforestation
Vermeulen, Cédric ULg; Karsenty, Alain; Gillet, Pauline ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2015)

La RDC vient d’adopter un décret qui met enfin en oeuvre la foresterie sociale en RDC, 12 ans après la promulgation de la loi. Ce décret suscite de nombreux espoirs quant à la mise en place d’une ... [more ▼]

La RDC vient d’adopter un décret qui met enfin en oeuvre la foresterie sociale en RDC, 12 ans après la promulgation de la loi. Ce décret suscite de nombreux espoirs quant à la mise en place d’une foresterie communautaire digne de ce nom en RDC. Quel est le champ des possibles ? Quelle influence potentielle en termes de déforestation ? [less ▲]

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See detailState of the art on drivers of deforestation in the Congo basin tropical forest
Gillet, Pauline ULg; Vermeulen, Cédric ULg; Dessard, Hélène et al

Conference (2015, April 07)

The Congo basin forest experiment a low pressure on biodiversity in comparison to other rainforests around the world. But according to the predictions, climate change and direct human drivers could have ... [more ▼]

The Congo basin forest experiment a low pressure on biodiversity in comparison to other rainforests around the world. But according to the predictions, climate change and direct human drivers could have an important effect on the deforestation rate. In that context, CoForTips project want to foster a better management of the Congo Basin forests through a better understanding of the dynamics, regime shifts and tipping points of biodiversity and a better definition of the conditions of resilience of social and ecological systems. In order to assess the current knowledge about drivers of deforestation in the world tropical forests, we analyzed the existent literature to list the direct and indirect drivers of deforestation in the forested tropical zones and to focus on deforestation in the Congo Basin forest and specifically in Cameroon and Gabon. We listed direct drivers of deforestation like expansion of agriculture which can be either family farming or agribusiness; timber extraction for softwood industry and fuel wood; development of infrastructure leading to the opening up of forested land and populations, and mining industries. The underlying causes found in the literature concern economic factors like gross domestic product, national income based on environmental resources exploitation and consumer demand expressing on local and global markets. Technological factors that allow much larger removal. Cultural issues like representation of the forest in the collective imagination as an important source of economic income. Institutional factors like policy measures advocating pro-deforestation measures and demographic causes taking into account for local population rise due to a high fertility rate and linked to population migration. Those direct and underlying causes of deforestation where then detailed for Cameroon and Gabon. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effect of deforestation on land tenure in Central Africa
Gillet, Pauline ULg; Feintrenie, Laurène; Codina Llavinia, Elisabet et al

Conference (2015, March 23)

The CoForTips project aims at the promotion of better management of the forest of the Congo Basin by presenting to the policy makers plausible scenarios of social and ecological systems evolution. In this ... [more ▼]

The CoForTips project aims at the promotion of better management of the forest of the Congo Basin by presenting to the policy makers plausible scenarios of social and ecological systems evolution. In this paper, we focused on the impact of deforestation on land tenure mutation in Central Africa. Land tenure defines the level of ownership and management experienced by the local population on defined areas (Le Roy et al., 1996). We assume that the rules acting on objects of land tenure evolve from loose land control to privatization and the ability to dispose of resources when we progress on the forest transition curve designed by Mather (1992). We demonstrate that individual land tenure increases along with the deforestation process, and continue along with the reforestation process where this one is a consequence of agricultural plantations on deforested lands. We then draw a theoretical land tenure evolution with variation of population density in relation to forest cover that could be used as an indicator of SES shifting more sensitive than the evolution of forest cover to appreciate forest transition at the SES level and predict the presence and intensity of tipping points. [less ▲]

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See detailImproving knowledge on Forest elephant’s ecophysiology (Loxodonta africana cyclotis) for better wildlife conservation
Ngama, Steeve ULg; Vermeulen, Cédric ULg; Bindelle, Jérôme ULg

Poster (2015, March 21)

Conservation of large wildlife species is currently a major issue in Africa. Protected areas dedicated for biodiversity conservation unfortunately do not suffice and conservation practices must be ... [more ▼]

Conservation of large wildlife species is currently a major issue in Africa. Protected areas dedicated for biodiversity conservation unfortunately do not suffice and conservation practices must be extended to man-used areas. But in those areas conservation actions are limited because of conflicts between human and wildlife especially due to damages on crops. The worst crop raiders known are elephants because they can destroy the yearly harvest of a field in a single visit. This threatens not only people livelihoods but also elephants themselves when angry farmers retaliate by shooting or trapping them. After decades of investigations crop raiding drivers related to elephants’ ecophysiology remain largely unknown. A pilot study was conducted between July and November 2014 in Monts de Cristal National Park (Gabon, central Africa) to have a first view on environmental drivers to crop raiding. While the presence of some fruiting trees around crop fields lead to more damages, high slopes discouraged elephants. In further experiments, the link between the nutritive value of raided plants and the animal’s physiological requirements and status will be assessed through hormones and parasites measurements; while tracking of individual elephants’ movements using DNA analyses in feces will be done. [less ▲]

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See detailLes concessions forestières des communautés locales : une avancée potentielle pour la foresterie sociale en RDC
Vermeulen, Cédric ULg; Karsenty, Alain

in Cahiers Africains (2015), 86

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See detailFamily farming in a changing landscape : how activities change when forest disappears
Feintrenie, Laurène; Gillet, Pauline ULg; Garcia, Claude et al

Conference (2015, March)

In the Congo Basin forests, local communities used to live from hunting, fishing and gathering, and from slash and burn agriculture. Nowadays, few places remain isolated from the external world, and local ... [more ▼]

In the Congo Basin forests, local communities used to live from hunting, fishing and gathering, and from slash and burn agriculture. Nowadays, few places remain isolated from the external world, and local practices often have to integrate new parameters. How do family farming and forest activities evolve in a changing landscape, when forest disappears? To answer this question we selected three social and ecological systems positioned in specific places on the forest transition curve (Mather 1992), to constitute a synchronic sample of forested social and ecological system representative of the evolution of Congo Basin Forests. We conducted in 2013 and 2014 a deep analysis of family farming in 8 villages distributed in these 3 studied sites. The method crosses a systemic approach with a systematic approach: agrarian diagnoses were conducted in the three sites (Boulaud 2014; Ferlay 2014) to evaluate technical and economic performances of family farming and forest extractive activities, in parallel, census of households were conducted (Codina Llavinia 2014; Gillet et al. 2014; Lehnebach 2014) to range family activities according to their share in the family income and as subsistence means. Results were harmonized and allowed a deep understanding of the strategy of adaptation to changes of households. [less ▲]

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See detailHOW MANY HIPPOS (HOMHIP): Algorithm for automatic counts of animals with infra-red thermal imagery from UAV
Lhoest, Simon ULg; Linchant, Julie ULg; Quevauvillers, Samuel ULg et al

in International Archives of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences (2015), XL-3/W3

The common hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius L.) is part of the animal species endangered because of multiple human pressures. Monitoring of species for conservation is then essential, and the ... [more ▼]

The common hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius L.) is part of the animal species endangered because of multiple human pressures. Monitoring of species for conservation is then essential, and the development of census protocols has to be chased. UAV technology is considering as one of the new perspectives for wildlife survey. Indeed, this technique has many advantages but its main drawback is the generation of a huge amount of data to handle. This study aims at developing an algorithm for automatic count of hippos, by exploiting thermal infrared aerial images acquired from UAV. This attempt is the first known for automatic detection of this species. Images taken at several flight heights can be used as inputs of the algorithm, ranging from 38 to 155 meters above ground level. A Graphical User Interface has been created in order to facilitate the use of the application. Three categories of animals have been defined following their position in water. The mean error of automatic counts compared with manual delineations is +2.3% and shows that the estimation is unbiased. Those results show great perspectives for the use of the algorithm in populations monitoring after some technical improvements and the elaboration of statistically robust inventories protocols. [less ▲]

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