Building capacity for forest inventory in the Republic of Congo

Darwin Project 15011

The Congo Basin contains the second largest block of tropical rain forest in the world. These forests are poorly known botanically and have been the focus of botanical inventory at the RBGE. Because of the expertise and internationally important herbarium material held at the RBGE, staff are well placed to study the floristics and ecology of African forests. We can react positively to calls for assistance from forestry, conservation and sustainable development projects, and can provide advice and training at local, regional and international level.

Selected publications

Hall J.S., Harris D.J., Medjibe V. & Ashton P.M.S. (2003). The effects of selective logging on forest structure and tree species composition in a Central African forest: implications for management of conservation areas. Forest Ecology and Management 183: 249-264.

Harris D.J. (2002). The vascular plants of the Dzanga-Sangha Reserve, Central African Republic. Scripta Botanica Belgica 23:1-274.

Thenkabail, P.S., J.S. Hall, T. Lin, P.M.S. Ashton, D.J. Harris & E.A. Enclona. (2003). Detecting floristic structure and pattern across topographical and moisture gradients in mixed species Central African forest using IKONOS and Lansat-7 ETM+ images. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 4: 255-270.

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