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dc.contributor.authorTechnical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperationen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-10-16T09:06:02Zen_US
dc.date.available2014-10-16T09:06:02Zen_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10568/46303en_US
dc.titleHug each other, not the treesen_US
cg.subject.ctaNATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENTen_US
cg.subject.ctaENVIRONMENTen_US
dcterms.abstract'Our country is losing 1% of its dry forest areas each year, at a rate of 100,000 hectares' declared the Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research of Benin at the opening of the international workshop on 'Integrated management of natural...en_US
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Accessen_US
dcterms.bibliographicCitationCTA. 2001. Hug each other, not the trees. Spore 95. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.en_US
dcterms.descriptionOur country is losing 1% of its dry forest areas each year, at a rate of 100,000 hectares' declared the Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research of Benin at the opening of the international workshop on 'Integrated management of natural forest in the dry tropical zones of West Africa' held in Parakou, Benin, from 25 to 29 June 2001. With such rates of loss not uncommon in West Africa, and with shrinking statal resources available to mitigate the problem, the paths of rural communities and forestry specialists are literally crossing each other literally ever more frequently. Population pressures, the trend towards non-timber forest products such as fruit, honey and essential oils, rising charcoal production and firewood and game meat consumption all lie behind the growing incursions into the forest. These in turn heighten the risks of bushfires and erosion. The standard cries at such meetings tend to focus on empowering local communities. This workshop, though, went further. A critical part of the programme was field work, with memorably animated debates raising the question head-on: how can researchers participate? Among the steps demanded, and later adopted as recommendations: improved storage techniques for seeds containing perishable essential oils; shortening the growth period of such plants; development of more appropriate hand tools; open exchange of such research on a regional basis; optimal scheduling of controlled fires; and optimal zoning of watering points for livestock. The productive output reflects the workshop s inputs: 81 participants from 8 West African countries, South Africa, Benelux and France; 66 papers presented; 400 questions debated. Support came from the people and authorities of Borgou and Alibori, the national university of Benin, the donor agencies of France, Germany and Sweden, and CTA [caption to illustration] Selling forests by the bag fullen_US
dcterms.isPartOfSporeen_US
dcterms.issued2001en_US
dcterms.languageenen_US
dcterms.publisherTechnical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperationen_US
dcterms.typeNews Itemen_US
cg.contributor.affiliationTechnical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperationen_US
cg.identifier.urlhttps://hdl.handle.net/10568/99598en_US
cg.placeWageningen, The Netherlandsen_US
cg.coverage.regionWestern Africaen_US
cg.coverage.regionAfricaen_US
cg.howPublishedFormally Publisheden_US
cg.journalSporeen_US
cg.issn1011-0054en_US
cg.number95en_US


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