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Agricultural and Biological Sciences Journal, Vol.5, No.1, Mar. 2019, Pub. Date: Apr. 29, 2019
Knowledge on Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) Marketed in Democratic Republic of the Congo: A Case Study of Gbadolite City and Surroundings, Nord Ubangi
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Authors
[01] Koto-te-Nyiwa Ngbolua, Department of Environment Sciences, University of Gbado-Lite, Gbado-Lite, Democratic Republic of the Congo; Department of Environment Management and Geography, Superior Pedagogical Institute of Abumombazi, Abumombazi, Democratic Republic of Congo; Department of Biology, University of Kinshasa, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
[02] Nzamonga Gamo André, Department Environment Sciences, University of Nord Equateur, Gbado-Lite, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
[03] Amédée Kundana Gbatea, Department of Environment Sciences, University of Gbado-Lite, Gbado-Lite, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
[04] Nzale Mbela Steve, Department Environment Sciences, University of Nord Equateur, Gbado-Lite, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
[05] Colette Masengo Ashande, Department of Environment Sciences, University of Gbado-Lite, Gbado-Lite, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
[06] Jean-Pierre Ndolete Geregbia, Faculty of Economical Sciences & Management, University of Gbado-Lite, Gbado-Lite, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
[07] Bongo Ngiala Gédéon, Department of Biology, University of Kinshasa, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
[08] Zakwani Luzinga Nadège, Department of Biology, University of Kinshasa, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
[09] Libwa Momi Tabonge Bertin, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Gbado-Lite, Gbado-Lite, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
[10] Yangba Telalengbi Séraphin, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Gbado-Lite, Gbado-Lite, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
[11] Gerengbo Koto Georges, Department of Environment Sciences, University of Gbado-Lite, Gbado-Lite, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Abstract
The Congo basin with its 2.8 million km 2 of diversified and rich forests offering opportunity for local populations to meet their daily livelihood needs. In such forests like Ubangi eco-region, NTFPs remain the principal source of foods and income for many forest-based communities because of their availability. The present study was carried out with the aim to document and preserve knowledge on NTFPs from Ubangi eco-region marketed in Gbadolite city and surroundings. Results revealed that 30% of respondents get 5,000 to 10,000 CDF per day; 60% of respondents are female; 22% of the respondents are between 43-44 years of age; 66.04% of respondents associate this with agriculture; 30% of respondents have 5-10 years’ experience in the trade of NWTPs; 69% of the respondents confirmed the absence of NWFP sector regulation. Fifteen different biological resources and derived products (honey, palm win) were identified in Gbadolite city and surroundings. The most used NTFPs were Raphia hookeri, R. gentiliana, Megaphrynium macrostachyum, Sarcophrynium brachystachys, Gnetum africanum, Cola acuminata, C. nitida, Termitomyces mycelium, Imbrasia oyemensis, I. fruncata, Achatina achatina, Cola nitida, Piper nigrum, Kinixys erosa, Afromomum alboviolaceum and Eremeospatha macrocarpa. 40% of respondents claim to produce 10 to 20 Kg of NTFPs per season. However, 80% of respondent have recognized that the harvested site of NTFPs is actually located at more than 5 Km of Gbadolite city. The results clearly show that the exploitation and marketing of NTFPs represents a profit for households. These findings contribute to the creation of a database on NTFPs of Nord Ubangi province and underlines the urgent need of strategies to implement and promote the natural regeneration/in situ conservation of most used NTFPs. Thus, further research on possibilities of NTFPs management for forest sustainability and its related services is needed.
Keywords
Non-wood Forest Products, Household, Sustainability, Ubangi Eco-region, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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