A framework for assessing conservation and development in a Congo Basin Forest Landscape

Endamana, Dominique, Boedhihartono, Agni Klintuni, Bokoto, Bruno, Defo, Louis, Eyebe, Antoine, Ndikumagenge, Cléto, Nzooh, Zacharie, Ruiz-Perez, Manuel, and Sayer, Jeffrey A. (2010) A framework for assessing conservation and development in a Congo Basin Forest Landscape. Tropical Conservation Science, 3 (3). pp. 262-281.

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Abstract

An integrated framework for assessing conservation and development changes at the scale of a large forest landscape in the Congo Basin is described. The framework allows stakeholders to assess progress in achieving the often conflicting objectives of alleviating poverty and conserving global environmental values. The study shows that there was little change in either livelihood or conservation indicators over the period 2006 to 2008, and that the activities of conservation organizations had only modest impacts on either. The global economic down-turn in 2008 had immediate negative consequences for both local livelihoods and for biodiversity as people lost their employment in the cash economy and reverted to illegal harvesting of forest products. Weakness of institutions, and corruption were the major obstacles to achieving either conservation or development objectives. External economic changes had more impact on this forest landscape than either the negative or positive interventions of local actors.

Item ID: 15865
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Congo Basin, landscape assessment, biodiversity conservation, poverty alleviation, forest governance, conservation and development trade-offs
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Copyright: © Dominique Endamana, Agni Klintuni Boedhihartono, Bruno Bokoto, Louis Defo, Antoine Eyebe, Cléto Ndikumagenge, Zacharie Nzooh, Manuel Ruiz-Perez and Jeffrey A. Sayer. This is an open access paper using the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ - The license permits any user to download, print out, extract, archive, and distribute the article, so long as appropriate credit is given to the authors and source of the work. The license ensures that the published article will be as widely available as possible and that the article can be included in any scientific archive. Open Access authors retain the copyrights of their papers. Open access is a property of individual works, not necessarily journals or publishers.

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ISSN: 1940-0829
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2011 01:17
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