Project properties

Title Leaf harvesting and resin tapping of African mahogany trees: how sustainable is it?
Group Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
Project type thesis
Credits 27-39
Supervisor(s) FEM group: Dr. Pieter (P.A.) Zuidema, Dr. Ute (U.) Sass-Klaassen
Other organisation: Dr. Orou G. Gaoue (University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA)
Examiner(s) Prof.Dr. F.J.J.M (Frans) Bongers
Contact info
Begin date 2018/01/01
End date
Description Internship or MSC thesis

Local people harvest wild plants for their living in heterogeneous, fragmented landscapes in the Tropics. In Western Africa, the collection of products from the African mahogany tree (Khaya senegalensis) is important: bark and foliage are harvested for medicinal use and fodder for livestock by the nomadic Fulano people. Foliage harvesting involves cutting branches of trees, resulting in loss of large part of the leaves in the dry season. Harvesting has been taking place at high intensity for nearly half a century. To define sustainable harvest practices and predict future availability of leaves, it is critical to understand tree demography and simulated harvesting. Long-term demographic studies have taken place in Benin, and use can be made of these data. The study populations are part of an ongoing study on the effect of harvesting on population dynamics by dr Orou Gaoue, Univ Tennessee. You will collaborate with researchers at the University of Parakou during your fieldwork and perform modelling analyses at University of Tennessee and/or Wageningen.
Costs: international travel costs should be covered by students through grants

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Used skills
Requirements FEM-30306 Advanced Forest Ecology and Forest Management; FEM-30806 Resource Dynamics and Sustainable Utilization