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COMMUNITY FOREST OWNERSHIP: KEY TO SUSTAINABLE FOREST RESOURCE MANAGEMENT. THE GAMBIAN EXPERIENCE

by Jean Brennan last modified Jan 10, 2013 02:55 PM
Contributors: Jean Brennan
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INTRODUCTION At the turn of the century The Gambia was still covered by dense and almost impenetrable forests. In 1981 about 430.000 ha or 45 percent of the total land area were classified as forest, it was estimated that this area was further reduced to about 340.000 ha or 30 percent of the land area in 1988. Likewise, the degradation of the forest condition is so severe that most closed forests have disappeared, leaving only a tree and shrub savanna of poor quality. The Gambia belongs to the group of the least developed countries, with an average income of US $ 325 per capita. Its population of 1,025,000 (1993) relies mainly on forest resources for its energy needs.

Author(s): Jean Brennan

Location: Gambia

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