Our biodiversity conservation programme seeks to create economic incentives for conservation by adding value to natural resources. Through a variety of long-term sustainable management and conservation projects, our goal is not only the understanding of African forest biology and ecology, but to provide data on the relative abundance of economically valued species. This information helps us to decide which species to put into production and which to protect or cultivate, as well as the right policy mix and regulatory mechanisms to facilitate the emergence of a local productive sector. It is our hope that these measures will create a countermeasure to reduce the anthropogenic pressure on forests.
Biological Resources Inventories
In collaboration with various national and international agencies, we have conducted and continue to conduct inventories of West and central African forests. Our projects include:
• Establishment of biodiversity monitoring plots in the Oban-Boshi-Okwangwo forest complex (Nigeria),
• The Mabeta-Moliwe forest, the Campo Ma’an, the Ejagham forest (Cameroon)
• Working with the Center for Tropical Forest Science,
• We initiated action on the establishment of a 50 hectares plot at the Korup National Park (Cameroon) for long-term monitoring of forest dynamics.