Science et changements planétaires / Sécheresse


Boswellia dalzielii Hutch: State of the stand and traditional use in the Mbé area Volume 23, issue 4, Octobre-Novembre-Décembre 2012


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1CIFOR Cameroun BP 2008 (Messa) Yaoundé Cameroun, Université de Ngaoundéré Département des sciences biologiques BP 454 Ngaoundéré Cameroun, Université de Dschang BP 67 Dschang Cameroun, Millenniun Ecologic Museum BP 8038 Yaoundé Cameroun

The ever growing interest focused on Non-timber Forest Products (NTFPs) in Cameroon has aroused a study in the region of Mbé on the management of stands of Boswellia dalzielii, a medicinal plant of great spiritual value. Field observations have shown that the population harvests the bark in rectangular-shaped slabs. The minimum height of NTFP collection (1.30 m = breast height) is not respected. However, the maximum removed bark volume (40,482 cm 3) is not likely to jeopardize the resource. The lack of young shoots in the study area shows that regeneration of this species is inefficient. Studies on the silviculture of the species are required to meet the needs of local people since the popularization of knowledge of the species may be exposed to large-scale exploitation.