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See detailPlace of customary rights mapping initiatives in conservation policies
Vermeulen, Cédric ULg; Karsenty, Alain

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See detailHuman in the forest: Long-term interactions, lifestyle and ecosystem services in Central Africa
Gillet, Pauline ULg; Lhoest, Simon ULg; Morin-Rivat, Julie et al

Poster (2016, May 20)

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See detailHow Bees Deter Elephants: Beehive Trials with Forest Elephants (Loxodonta africana cyclotis) in Gabon
Ngama, Steeve ULg; Korte, Lisa; Bindelle, Jérôme ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2016), 11(5), 12

In Gabon, like elsewhere in Africa, crops are often sources of conflict between humans and wildlife. Wildlife damage to crops can drastically reduce income, amplifying poverty and creating a negative ... [more ▼]

In Gabon, like elsewhere in Africa, crops are often sources of conflict between humans and wildlife. Wildlife damage to crops can drastically reduce income, amplifying poverty and creating a negative perception of wild animal conservation among rural people. In this context, crop-raiding animals like elephants quickly become “problem animals”. To deter elephants from raiding crops beehives have been successfully employed in East Africa; however, this method has not yet been tested in Central Africa. We experimentally examined whether the presence of Apis mellifera adansonii, the African honey bee species present in Central Africa, deters forest elephants (Loxodonta Africana cyclotis) from feeding on fruit trees. We show for the first time that the effectiveness of beehives as deterrents of elephants is related to bee activity. Empty hives and those housing colonies of low bee activity do not deter elephants all the time; but beehives with high bee activity do. Although elephant disturbance of hives does not impede honey production, there is a tradeoff between deterrence and the quantity of honey produced. To best achieve the dual goals of deterring elephants and producing honey colonies must maintain an optimum activity level of 40 to 60 bee movements per minute. Thus, beehives colonized by Apis mellifera adansonii bees can be effective elephant deterrents, but people must actively manage hives to maintain bee colonies at the optimum activity level. [less ▲]

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See detailEmbargo on Lion Hunting Trophies from West Africa: An Effective Measure or a Threat to Lion Conservation ?
Bouché, Philippe; Crosmary, William; Kafando, Pierre et al

in PLoS ONE (2016), 11(5), 0155763

The W-Arly-Pendjari (WAP) ecosystem, shared among Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger, represents the last lion stronghold of West Africa. To assess the impact of trophy hunting on lion populations in hunting ... [more ▼]

The W-Arly-Pendjari (WAP) ecosystem, shared among Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger, represents the last lion stronghold of West Africa. To assess the impact of trophy hunting on lion populations in hunting areas of the WAP, we analyzed trends in harvest rates from 1999 to 2014. We also investigated whether the hunting areas with higher initial hunting intensity experienced steeper declines in lion harvest between 1999 and 2014, and whether lion densities in hunting areas were lower than in national parks. Lion harvest rate remained overall constant in the WAP. At initial hunting intensities below 1.5 lions/1000km2, most hunting areas experienced an increase in lion harvest rate, although that increase was of lower magnitude for hunting areas with higher initial hunting intensity. The proportion of hunting areas that experienced a decline in lion harvest rate increased at initial hunting intensities above 1.5 lions/1000km2. In 2014, the lion population of the WAP was estimated with a spoor count at 418 (230–648) adults and sub-adult individuals, comparable to the 311 (123–498) individuals estimated in the previous 2012 spoor survey. We found no significant lion spoor density differences between national parks and hunting areas. Hunting areas with higher mean harvest rates did not have lower lion densities. The ratio of large adult males, females and sub-adults was similar between the national parks and the hunting areas. These results suggested that the lion population was not significantly affected by hunting in the WAP. We concluded that a quota of 1 lion/1000km2 would be sustainable for the WAP. Based on our results, an import embargo on lion trophies from the WAP would not be justified. It could ruin the incentive of local actors to conserve lions in hunting areas, and lead to a drastic reduction of lion range in West Africa. [less ▲]

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See detailQuelles sont les causes de la déforestation dans le bassin du Congo ? Synthèse bibliographique et études de cas
Gillet, Pauline ULg; Vermeulen, Cédric ULg; Feintrenie, Laurène et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment (2016), 20(2), 183-194

Les forêts du Bassin du Congo font partie des zones forestières les mieux préservées de la planète. Néanmoins, les facteurs qui entrainent la déforestation ailleurs dans le monde se manifestent également ... [more ▼]

Les forêts du Bassin du Congo font partie des zones forestières les mieux préservées de la planète. Néanmoins, les facteurs qui entrainent la déforestation ailleurs dans le monde se manifestent également dans cette sous-région du globe. Cet article propose une revue de la littérature des causes directes et des facteurs sous-jacents de la destruction du couvert forestier des régions tropicales, afin de mettre en exergue les moteurs de la déforestation dans le bassin du Congo, et plus particulièrement au Cameroun et au Gabon. Littérature. Les causes directes de déforestation, définies comme ayant un lien cause-conséquence immédiat avec la destruction du couvert forestier, sont renforcées par des facteurs sous-jacents tels que les facteurs économiques, les avancées technologiques, les mesures politiques ainsi que les pressions démographiques. Toutes ces causes interagissent de façons distinctes dans les différentes régions tropicales de par le monde et expliquent les divergences et similitudes entre les dynamiques de déforestation régionales. En plus de l’expansion de l’infrastructure, du développement du secteur minier et de l’extraction du bois, l’agriculture représente la cause directe de déforestation la plus importante dans le bassin du Congo. Au Cameroun, la déforestation actuelle est principalement liée à l’agriculture. Le plan d’émergence de ce pays prévoit le développement des infrastructures, la modernisation de l’appareil de production national ainsi que l’exploitation minière. Au Gabon, le taux de déforestation plus faible s’explique par la dynamique agricole et l’ouverture des routes. Le plan d’émergence ambitieux y prévoit la modernisation de l’infrastructure ainsi que le développement de l’agriculture agro-industrielle. Conclusions. Une mutation des socio-écosystèmes liée à la déforestation est attendue en différents points du bassin du Congo. Les recherches futures devraient maintenant aborder la description de socio-écosystèmes types représentant les différents stades de la transition forestière ainsi que l’identification des facteurs du changement à différentes échelles. [less ▲]

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See detailWhat Are the Impacts of Deforestation on the Harvest of Non-Timber Forest Products in Central Africa?
Gillet, Pauline ULg; Vermeulen, Cédric ULg; Doucet, Jean-Louis ULg et al

in Forests (2016), 7(5),

The objective of the study is to evaluate the impact of forest transition on non-timber forest product (NTFP) harvesting in Central Africa. We analyze the evolution of several parameters, including ... [more ▼]

The objective of the study is to evaluate the impact of forest transition on non-timber forest product (NTFP) harvesting in Central Africa. We analyze the evolution of several parameters, including distance from NTFP harvest site to road, proportion of dietary intake and villagers’ incomes. The research is based on field surveys, participatory mapping and the geolocation of activities in three study sites representing different stages along the Mather’s forest transition curve: (i) intact forest; (ii) partially degraded forest; and (iii) small areas of degraded forest with plantations of useful trees. The results show that the maximum distance from harvest site to road is higher in Site 2 compared to Site 1 as a consequence of a lower availability of NTFPs; and that this distance is significantly lower in Site 3 due to a drastically smaller village territory. The diversity of bushmeat decreases as game evolves from large to small species, commensurate with the progression of forest transition. As a consequence, there is also a reduction in the proportion of these products represented both in household dietary intake and cash income. This analysis establishes a strong link between the Mather’s forest transition curve and a decline in the importance of NTFPs in village production and livelihoods. [less ▲]

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See detailPotentiel des véhicules aériens sans pilote dans la détection des activités humaines illégales dans les aires protégées en République Démocratique du Congo
Semeki Ngabinzeke, Jean; Linchant, Julie ULg; Quevauvillers, Samuel ULg et al

in Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems (2016), 4

The recent advent of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in natural resource management opens new opportunities to help protected area managers fighting against various human pressures. The Falcon UAV was ... [more ▼]

The recent advent of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in natural resource management opens new opportunities to help protected area managers fighting against various human pressures. The Falcon UAV was used for 15 missions to help detect human activities in Garamba National Park and its surrounding game reserves (Gangala na Bodio, Mondo Missa) in the North-Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. A Sony Block camera coupled with a Tamarisk thermal camera was used to record videos, whereas photos were acquired with a Sony Nex7 digital camera. Tests showed that it was possible to detect precise objects using the Falcon UAV. Houses, fields, bare ground patches, burned areas, roads and tracks were easily detectable and identified in the videos at a flight altitude of up to 250 m AGL. Artisanal gold mining sites (size ≤ 0.21 ha) are also recognizable on the video and still images. Improvements are needed, notably in photo overlap and georeferencing, but the system shows great potential to ensure detection and continuous surveillance of human activities within protected areas. [less ▲]

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See detailLes paysans sans terre et REDD+ en RDC : les logiques locales faces aux interventions internationales
Reyniers, Camille; Karsenty, Alain; Vermeulen, Cédric ULg

in Cahiers africains (2016), 87

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See detailL’aménagement forestier au Congo engendre-t-il plus de déforestation ?
Karsenty, Alain; Cerutti, P.; Doucet, Jean-Louis ULg et al

E-print/Working paper (2016)

Un article publié dans Land Use Policy début 2016 arrive à la conclusion a priori étonnante que la déforestation serait, au Congo, plus élevée dans les concessions forestières avec des plans d’aménagement ... [more ▼]

Un article publié dans Land Use Policy début 2016 arrive à la conclusion a priori étonnante que la déforestation serait, au Congo, plus élevée dans les concessions forestières avec des plans d’aménagement que dans celles qui n’en ont pas. L’analyse d’évaluation d’impact qui a conduit ces chercheurs à un tel résultat se base sur un appariement de parcelles sélectionnées aléatoirement dans des concessions avec et sans plans d’aménagement. Ces chercheurs indiquent que le réseau de routes forestières plus développé dans les concessions aménagées serait un des facteurs explicatifs. L’autre facteur serait le développement local lié aux cahiers des charges des plans d’aménagement, lequel conduirait à une augmentation de la population dans ces concessions et à une déforestation accrue. Notre groupe d’une vingtaine de chercheurs connaissant bien la problématique de l’aménagement forestier en Afrique centrale s’est penché à son tour sur cette question et a analysé la déforestation au niveau des concessions sur le même intervalle de temps. Nos résultats montrent, cette fois, que la déforestation est moins importante dans les concessions avec un plan d’aménagement que dans les autres. Et si l’on compare à production égale la déforestation dans des concessions avec et sans plan d’aménagement, il apparaît que les UFA aménagées sont environ deux fois plus « efficaces », c’est-à-dire qu’on observe deux fois moins de perte de couvert forestier par mètre-cube produit. Nous en concluons qu’il est nécessaire d’analyser précisément la dynamique des différents facteurs de déforestation, et éviter d’imputer mécaniquement à l’aménagement forestier un rôle excessif dans l’évolution dans un sens ou dans l’autre du taux de déboisement. Enfin, toute évaluation doit rappeler que les effets de l’aménagement forestier doivent être mesurés sur le long terme : l’objectif de l’aménagement est de permettre une mise en valeur forestière durable, en conservant l’essentiel du capital productif pour éviter, autant que possible, la conversion à d’autres usages après les cycles de coupe initiaux. [less ▲]

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See detailWestern lowland gorilla an logging companies A winning duo ?
Haurez, Barbara ULg; Petre, Charles-Albert ULg; Brostaux, Yves ULg et al

Conference (2016)

The critically endangered western lowland gorilla (WLG) disperses the seeds of many fruits. These seeds are often deposited at gorilla nest sites, in open-canopy habitats favorable for seedling growth and ... [more ▼]

The critically endangered western lowland gorilla (WLG) disperses the seeds of many fruits. These seeds are often deposited at gorilla nest sites, in open-canopy habitats favorable for seedling growth and recruitment. However, considering anthropogenic disturbances, such as logging, gorillas and the directed seed dispersal services they provide are at risk. On the other hand, sustainably managed logging concessions are reported to harbor viable gorilla populations. If WLG provide effective dispersal of timber species, it would be of benefit to loggers for these ecological services to be preserved. In order to explore such interactions between the WLG and the timber industry, we (1) assessed the status of a WLG population in a logging concession, and (2) investigated their seed dispersal effectiveness for timber species. We inferred the long-term viability of a gorilla population in a Gabonese logged forest, and the short-term impact of timber harvesting on this population. Gorilla density was estimated through three successive censuses: (1) 25 years after the first felling cycle, (2) six months and (3) one year after the second felling cycle. Seed dispersal effectiveness for timber species was estimated through gorilla fecal analysis and germination trials in a nursery. The results suggested that a viable population of WLG could be maintained in selectively logged forests (< 2 cut trees ha-1). Indeed, although gorillas tend to flee areas being actively exploited for timber, their densities in logged forests can regain their initial levels, or even a higher one, within one year post-logging. Over a period of 20 months, the seeds of 59 plant species were found in gorilla feces. Nearly 20 % of the identified species (N=35) are of economic value because of their exploitation for timber. Analyzed fecal units contained on average 81.0 ± 107.8 intact seeds (0-566). Specific germination success varied from 0 to 100 %, with an average of 46 ± 36 %. Sustainably-managed logging concessions may host viable populations of WLG. Considering the seed dispersal services provided for timber species and the unique directed-dispersal to open-canopy habitats, gorillas are implicated in the regeneration and maintenance of logged forests. Therefore, the generalization of sustainable logging would be beneficial both to the economical and the environmental value of tropical forests, thus providing an incentive for loggers and governments to prevent illegal hunting in concessions. [less ▲]

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See detailDu “land sparing” au “land sharing” ? Vers une gestion des droits superposés dans les forêts denses humides africaines
Karsenty, Alain; Vermeulen, Cédric ULg

in Le Roy, Etienne; Karsenty, Alain; Bertrand, Alain (Eds.) La sécurisation foncière en Afrique. Pour une gestion viable des ressources renouvelables (2016)

En 1996, le chapitre « Maitrises foncières et gestion forestière » de cet ouvrage faisait le constat de choix de gestion dans les forêts denses humides en Afrique fondés sur la spécialisation et la ... [more ▼]

En 1996, le chapitre « Maitrises foncières et gestion forestière » de cet ouvrage faisait le constat de choix de gestion dans les forêts denses humides en Afrique fondés sur la spécialisation et la dissociation des espaces. La conception « exclusive » des forêts communautaires alors en cours de constitution au Cameroun, strictement séparées des concessions industrielles et des aires protégées, nous paraissait inadaptée aux modes concrets d’utilisation de l’espace et des ressources par les populations locales. C'est à l'organisation des usages différents d'un même écosystème que devrait s'attacher une gestion forestière visant la viabilité à long terme, faute de quoi les besoins de complémentarité des activités agricoles et forestières se transforment en demandes concurrentes sur un espace devenu un enjeu. Les économistes appellent ce type de situation des « jeux à sommes nulles », ou ce qui est gagné par l'un est strictement perdu par l'autre. [less ▲]

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See detailVers des concessions 2.0. Articuler gestion inclusive et exclusive dans les forêts de production en Afrique centrale
Karsenty, Alain; Vermeulen, Cédric ULg

in Buttoud, Gérard; Nguinguiri, Jean-Claude (Eds.) La gestion inclusive des forêts d’Afrique centrale. Passer de la participation au partage des pouvoirs (2016)

Les concessions forestières industrielles sont caractérisées par un faible niveau de participation des populations locales. Leur évolution vers des modèles plus inclusifs semble inévitable, sur la base de ... [more ▼]

Les concessions forestières industrielles sont caractérisées par un faible niveau de participation des populations locales. Leur évolution vers des modèles plus inclusifs semble inévitable, sur la base de la cartographie participative et de l’institutionnalisation des espaces coutumiers traversés. Déjà utilisés par quelques sociétés comme clé de partage des bénéfices, la reconnaissance systématique de ces espaces superposés peut constituer la base d’une nouvelle gouvernance, plus inclusive, de concessions évoluant vers des formes d’institutions territoriales de développement. Une évolution de la législation permettrait aux concessionnaires de constituer des structures conjointes d’exploitation commerciale de produits non ligneux avec les communautés parties prenantes de la gestion de la concession 2.0, afin de permettre la valorisation commerciale de ressources autres que le bois d’oeuvre et de développer des intérêts communs. La foresterie communautaire pourrait ainsi se déployer selon une double logique, inclusive (à travers la gestion des droits superposés) et exclusive (à travers la constitution de concessions communautaires aux côtés des concessions industrielles) en s’appuyant sur des ajustements des limites des unités d’aménagement à l’occasion des classements ou des enregistrements légaux des différentes catégories de concessions. [less ▲]

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See detailToward “Concessions 2.0”: articulating inclusive and exclusive management in production forests in Central Africa
Karsenty, Alain; Vermeulen, Cédric ULg

in International Forestry Review (2016), 18(S1), 13

Industrial forest concessions cover about 45 million hectares in Central Africa. This paper discusses the weaknesses of the current concession model and initiatives for helping it evolve; it then proposes ... [more ▼]

Industrial forest concessions cover about 45 million hectares in Central Africa. This paper discusses the weaknesses of the current concession model and initiatives for helping it evolve; it then proposes a new type of concession, entitled ‘Concessions 2.0’, adapted to the future challenges presented by the overlapping among the rights and modes of the harvesting of multiple resources. This proposed model is based on four features: (i) mapping and recognition of the customary territories within and around the industrial concession, (ii) timber revenue sharing indexed on the extension of the customary territories and contractual management agreements within the communities, (iii) allowance of commercial exploitation of non-timber resources by entitled claimers under the supervision and/or in association with the concessionaire, and (iv) inclusive governance for the management of overlapping rights over the concession area. [less ▲]

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See detailLes paysans sans terre et REDD+ – les logiques locales face aux interventions internationales
Reyniers, Camille; Vermeulen, Cédric ULg; Karsenty, Alain

Conference (2016)

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See detailShort term impact of selective logging on a western lowland gorilla population
Haurez, Barbara ULg; Tagg, Nikki; Petre, Charles-Albert ULg et al

in Forest Ecology & Management (2016), 364

Selective timber production is implemented over a large proportion of the world’s tropical forests. Within these forest ecosystems, the frugivore community contributes important ecological services ... [more ▼]

Selective timber production is implemented over a large proportion of the world’s tropical forests. Within these forest ecosystems, the frugivore community contributes important ecological services through animal-mediated seed dispersal. However, there is no clear understanding of the impacts of logging on wildlife or of the extent to which seed dispersal is preserved in logged forests. Given its tendency for nesting in light gaps, the western lowland gorilla is likely to provide directed-dispersal services to a wide range of tree species. Production forests preserved from poaching have been reported to harbor high densities of gorillas, but the monitoring of gorilla populations subjected to logging is poorly documented. This study investigated gorilla density and nesting behavior after timber exploitation in a logging concession in southeast Gabon. Nest count censuses were performed on line transects, before and after the second felling cycle. Gorilla density dropped from 1.5 (116.7 nests km 2, 95% CI = 83.4–163.5) to 1.0 (64.9 nests km 2, % CI = 32.6–129.5) weaned gorilla km 2 4–6 months after logging, then rose to 2.6 (176.3 nests km 2, 95% CI = 113.5–274.1) gorillas km 2 9–11 months after logging. A consistent preference for nesting in open canopy terra firma forest was observed during all censuses. This study demonstrates the short-term resilience of the western lowland gorilla to selective timber harvesting, and argues that they offer a continued contribution to directed-dispersal services within months after logging. Although a long-term monitoring of gorillas in a logged forest should be undertaken, the role of this species in logged forest recovery is thought to be important. The preservation of gorilla should receive particular consideration by forest managers. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification d’indicateurs de la transition forestière en lien avec les impacts de la déforestation sur les socio-écosystèmes en Afrique centrale
Gillet, Pauline ULg; Vermeulen, Cédric ULg

Poster (2015, December 26)

La théorie de la transition forestière lie l’évolution du couvert forestier au temps (Mather, 1992). Dans la première phase, le couvert forestier est très dense. Il diminue ensuite avec l’augmentation de ... [more ▼]

La théorie de la transition forestière lie l’évolution du couvert forestier au temps (Mather, 1992). Dans la première phase, le couvert forestier est très dense. Il diminue ensuite avec l’augmentation de la densité de population qui pratique la défriche pour la production agricole et utilise le bois pour répondre aux besoins en énergie et en bois d’œuvre. Dans un troisième temps, l’économie se spécialise, l’agriculture s’intensifie et est pratiquée sur les terres les plus productives et le rôle de l’écosystème forestier dans l’économie diminue. L’abandon des terres les moins productives permet la recolonisation forestière visible sur la courbe de transition. La présente étude tente d’identifier et de proposer des indicateurs d’occupation spatiale permettant, sur base d’images de télédétection, de prévoir la position réelle d’un site sur la courbe de transition forestière. Ensuite, l’étude des socio-écosystèmes en lien avec la transition forestière permet de démontrer l’impact de la diminution du couvert forestier sur le fonctionnement des sociétés humaines. Nous nous sommes penchés sur différents aspects caractérisant les activités des populations locales dans trois sites d’étude situés sur un gradient de déforestation en Afrique centrale tels que la composition de repas et l’origine des aliments. On observe que la déforestation induit une diminution des composants issus des activités fortement liées à l’écosystème telles que la chasse, la pêche ou la collecte au profit de l’agriculture et de l’élevage. [less ▲]

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See detailVers des Concessions 2.0 en Afrique Centrale. Reconnaitre et gérer les droits superposés
Karsenty, Alain; Vermeulen, Cédric ULg

Conference (2015, December 05)

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See detailToward Concessions 2.0 in Central Africa Recognising and managing overlapping tenure rights
Karsenty, Alain; Vermeulen, Cédric ULg

Conference (2015, November 30)

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See detailField data on the little known and endangered Lepilemur mittermeieri
Wilmet, Leslie ULg; Schwitzer, Christoph; Beudels-Jamar, Roseline C. et al

in Journal of Primatology (2015), 4(2),

Lepilemur mittermeieri is a very little known sportive lemur of the Ampasindava peninsula of Madagascar, presently regarded as endangered. On the basis of genetic material only, obtained from three ... [more ▼]

Lepilemur mittermeieri is a very little known sportive lemur of the Ampasindava peninsula of Madagascar, presently regarded as endangered. On the basis of genetic material only, obtained from three individuals collected at the same locality. No observation confidently allocated to the species has been reported since. The objectives of our research were to verify that the sportive lemurs found in forests of the Ampasindava peninsula beyond the type-locality of Lepilemur mittermeieri belonged to the same species as the type, to provide morphological and behavioural data for populations confidently attributed to L. mittermeieri and to obtain for these populations preliminary evaluations of density variations within the peninsula. Our surveys were undertaken in March and April 2014 in remnant forest patches of the western part of the Ampasindava peninsula. Linear transects by night and punctual observations by day were conducted. A total of 54 animals were seen along nine transects situated in four forest patches, two at low altitude and two at high altitude. All animals examined and photographed appeared similar, and the impression was gained that a single taxon was involved. Genetic material collected from one dead specimen proved identical to the type of L. mittermeieri which confirmed the identity of the populations we observed. It thus appears that L. mittermeieri is indeed the only sportive lemur present on the peninsula and that it occurs in several forest remnants. We endeavoured to get evaluations of the density and abundance of the species in the four forest patches we studied. We used KAIs (Kilometric Abundance Indices) to evaluate and compare relative densities, and Buckland’s distance sampling method to evaluate absolute densities. The latter suggested a density of 1.9 animals/ha, a result that must, however, be taken with caution. [less ▲]

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