|Town/Region||Tanguiéta, Matéri, Cobly|
|Date||7 Jul 2015|
Hyphaene thebaica (commonly known as dum palm) native to the semi-arid Sahelian zone of West Africa is an important tree species growing wild throughout the dry regions of tropical Africa, the Middle East and Western India. The species is a valuable source of a variety of products for many people especially those living in its vicinity, but currently its populations are harvested excessively, which is likely to increase in future. In these circumstances, it is urgent to assess the current status of the population of the species and assess its viability in a human-dominated landscape. Dum palm is also considered as an indicator of fertile soils, making it vulnerable to clearance of stands of the species for agricultural needs. This project is designed to set long term conservation strategies for the species through the entire participation of the local community.
This project will help to gather quantitative data and make available appropriate tool and guidelines to set a long term conservation plan for dum palm in Benin and further in Africa. This includes data on the threats to the species as well as the economic importance and contribution to household income for local communities. The project will also establish a community based-program through awareness, education and sensitization activities for the key stakeholders. Copies of the report will be available for local and national conservation-based agencies with the mains results translated in French (working language in Benin) with posters editing. Sensitization on importance of keeping the species in agroforestry systems will be made in local languages and will involve key actors.
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