Spatial Dynamics and Structural Analysis of Dense Dry Forest Relics in Togo: Implications for Sustainable Management of Abdoulaye Wildlife Reserve

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Spatial Dynamics and Structural Analysis of Dense Dry Forest Relics in Togo: Implications for Sustainable Management of Abdoulaye Wildlife Reserve

July 29, 2020 Biological Science 0

In Togo, the dense dry forests are currently threatened by human activities and only a few relics are
found as islands in the central plain, particularly in the protected areas. This study seeks, based on
the analysis of spatial dynamics and structural parameters, reliable scientific information to guide the
development guidelines of these types of forest in the Abdoulaye Wildlife Reserve. The study of
spatial dynamics of land cover in the reserve is carried out by the diachronic analysis of Landsat
images of three different ages (1972, 1991 and 2019). The evaluation of the structural characteristics
of the islands of dry dense forest is based on the interpretation of the forest inventory data. Thus, the
analysis of the land cover dynamics of this reserve reveals a reduction in the area of forests between
1972 and 2019 at an annual rate of regression of 3% over the whole reserve. A total of 69 woody
species were inventoried in the dense dry forests with an average density of 681 stems/ha, an
average diameter of 22.03 ± 17.04 cm and an average height estimated at 13. 33 ± 6.22 m. These
results provide a scientific basis for testing ecological indicators of sustainable management of dry
dense forests in Togo. They also provide information on the implementation of guidelines for
improving past management methods for protected areas, based on government repression and
monopoly

Author(s) Details
Dr. Kossi Adjonou
Laboratoire de Recherche Forestière, Faculté des Sciences, Université de Lomé, 01 BP : 1515, Lomé, Togo.

Mr. Oyétoundé Djiwa
Direction de la Planification, Ministère de l’Environnement et des Ressources Forestières, 01 BP: 4825, Lomé, Togo.

Mr. Yendouhame Kombate
Direction de la Planification, Ministère de l’Environnement et des Ressources Forestières, 01 BP: 4825, Lomé, Togo.

Pr. Adzo Dzifa Kokutse
Laboratoire de Recherche Forestière, Faculté des Sciences, Université de Lomé, 01 BP : 1515, Lomé, Togo.

Pr. Kouami Kokou
Laboratoire de Recherche Forestière, Faculté des Sciences, Université de Lomé, 01 BP : 1515, Lomé, Togo

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