|Town/Region||Lomami National Park|
|Country||Congo, the Democratic Republic of the|
|Categories||Communities, Forests, Habitats|
|Date||4 May 2018|
Understanding forest use and valuation by local communities can help managers make better management decisions. For instance, some non-timber forest products can be harvested sustainably, contributing to the livelihoods of surrounding communities. As diﬀerent ethnic groups may use and value forest diﬀerently (e.g. Cuni-Sanchez et al. 2016), it is important to understand the diﬀerences between these groups, before implementing new regulations.
In 2014, a new law which considered sustainable development of protected area edge communities was promulgated in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Following this new law, the Lomami national park was created in July 2016. This new park has a core area and a large buﬀer zone in which local communities should be allowed certain extractive activities to satisfy their own needs (Mushagalusa, 2016). Because of this recent law and novel approach for this new park, information is urgently needed to deﬁne which natural resources can be extracted in the buﬀer zone. Unfortunately, little is known about the current forest use and the diﬀerences in forest use between the communities surrounding Lomami national park. This small research project could help ﬁll in this gap.
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