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Environment/Energy (Global-scale environmental issues)

Principal Investigator (Affiliation)
  • SDGs15
Associate Prof.
YASUOKA Hirokazu
(The Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University)
Research Institutions in Japan Kyoto University
Research Institutions in Cameroon Institute of Agricultural Research for Development (IRAD)
Adoption fiscal year FY 2017
Research Period 5 Years
ODA Recipient Country Republic of Cameroon
General Description of the Research Project This study aims to develop a forest resource management model that integrates indigenous and scientific knowledge. The goal of the model is to promote forest and biodiversity conservation with an approach that fits the lifestyle of people living in tropical rainforests located in the southeastern part of Cameroon. The first step of the project is to establish an animal density estimation method using camera traps. Next, the method is combined with indigenous knowledge about forest resources to devise a wildlife monitoring method that has scientific basis and can be operated by the local people themselves. At the same time, a forest resource management approach is proposed and community organizations are developed to play a central role in implementing the approach. Key features of this approach include hunting management that is based on wildlife monitoring and forest resource commercialization that leads to an increase in the local people’s income. A forest resource management model is developed through the aforementioned activities and implemented on a trial basis in the project area. After developing an application manual based on the review of the trial implementation, the management model is incorporated into Cameroon's forest conservation policy. In the future, the model will be applied to the biodiversity conservation priority area in the Congo basin.
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