Biodiversity and Conservation

, 20:2745 | Cite as

Impacts of co-management on western chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes verus) habitat and conservation in Nialama Classified Forest, Republic of Guinea: a satellite perspective

  • J. L. Sunderland-Groves
  • D. A. Slayback
  • M. P. Bessike Balinga
  • T. C. H. Sunderland
Original Paper

Abstract

The first model for co-management between local communities and government towards the sustainable utilization of forested regions in Republic of Guinea was established in the Nialama Classified Forest in 1999. Technical and financial support was provided by USAID to develop local natural resource management capacity. Long-term local chimpanzee monitoring provided the basis for delimiting the boundaries of core areas for strict protection which continue to provide refuge to the resident chimpanzee population. Using satellite imagery, we reviewed the impacts of co-management on key chimpanzee habitat between 1986 and 2009. Degradation statistics show that land cover change within areas delimited as critical chimpanzee habitat inside of the Classified Forest was far less compared to the Classified Forest as a whole, or within a 5 km buffer zone. Comparatively, critical chimpanzee habitat located outside of the Nialama Classified Forest suffered the most degradation. Here we discuss the impacts of co-management on chimpanzee habitat and causal factors surrounding the continued survival of chimpanzees in Nialama.

Keywords

Chimpanzees Classified forest Natural resource management Co-management Guinea 

Abbreviations

CIFOR

Center for International Forestry Research

DVT

Dense vegetation threshold

EDC

EROS Data Center

GIS

Geographic Information System

HMPV

Human metapneumovirus

IRI

Infrared index

IUCN

International Union for Conservation of Nature

LAMIL

The Landscape Management for Improved Livelihoods

MIRI

Mid-infrared index

NDVI

Normalized difference vegetation index

RSV

Respiratory syncytial virus

TM

Thematic mapper

USAID

US Agency for International Development

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. L. Sunderland-Groves
    • 1
  • D. A. Slayback
    • 2
  • M. P. Bessike Balinga
    • 1
  • T. C. H. Sunderland
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for International Forestry ResearchBogorIndonesia
  2. 2.Science Systems & Applications, Inc., NASA Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbeltUSA

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