, Volume 12, Issue 6, pp 1205-1217

Use of woody plants by locals in Mare aux Hippopotames Biosphere Reserve in western Burkina Faso

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The central area of the Mare aux Hippopotames Biosphere Reserve is located in the western part of Burkina Faso. Local populations have a close relationship with the reserve, from which they get much of their needs in food products, medicine, energy, arts and crafts. The use of resources has consequences for the biodiversity, ecosystem and environment of the reserve. The discussions held during ethnobotanical inquiries have permitted us to establish the main uses of woody plants and to pick out the repercussions of this usage. From this it emerges that the reserve has an important floristic richness and a biodiversity unknown to both locals and authorities.