|Continent||Central and Latin America|
|Categories||Biodiversity, Communities, Habitats, Invertebrates|
|Date||11 Jul 2016|
While promoting the best practice for combating bowalization in West Africa, I found many termite mounds on bowé acting as habitats of important biodiversity and soil restoration on bowé sites. However these termite mounds are intensively degraded by local communities in the dry season by fire and hunting of rodents inside the mounds. Little attention is given to enhance the conservation of the termite mounds on bowé sites. Therefore, these termite mounds may be at higher risk of degradation.
To mitigate the impacts of fire and hunting of the termite and ensure the ecological restoration of bowé, it is urgent to involved local communities in the conservation of termite mounds on bowé sites. Effective communication with local communities towards conservation of termite mounds on bowé could offer promising perspectives for ecological restoration of bowé sites. The present project aims to conserve biodiversity on bowé sites by investigating the role of termite on soil conservation and floristic composition on bowé sites. The objectives of the project are to:
(i) assess the role of termite mounds on soil conservation and floristic composition on bowé
(ii) provide fieldwork, training workshops and meetings towards farmers and local institution on the role of termite on soil and biodiversity conservation
(iii) Raise awareness of land use departments, local NGOs, local training institutions, local decision makers, local associations and local communities on conservation of termite on bowé sites.
Read about Elie's previous project http://www.rufford.org/projects/elie_padonou or for more information contact: