Participatory natural resources management plan of canhane community, Massingir district, southern Mozambique

We conducted a participatory mapping of natural resources and woody biomass estimation in Canhane Community, Massingir District in Mozambique. The aim of this study was to identify problems and opportunities for natural resources management, to quantify the biomass of mopane woodlands and recommend the best management practices. The resultant map provided a better organization of community’s main activities. Biomass of Colophospermum mopane was significantly higher (p<0.01) in open woodlands than in dense forests, suggesting the latter were in a transition state. We recommend strong private-community-NGO partnership to implement the proposed plan and measures of woodland rehabilitation and conservation.
Nous avons conduit la cartographie participative des ressources naturelles et l’évaluation de biomasse du bois dans la Communauté de Canhane, district de Massingir en Mozambique. Le but de cette étude était d’identifier des problèmes et des occasions pour la gestion de ressources naturelles, de mesurer la biomasse des régions boisées de Mopane et de recommander les meilleures pratiques de gestion. La carte résultante a fourni une meilleure organisation des activités principales de la communauté. La biomasse du Colophospermum mopane était sensiblement plus haute (p<0.01) dans les régions boisées ouvertes que dans les forêts denses, suggérant que les dernières étaient dans un état de transition. Nous recommandons un partenariat fort « secteur privé-communauté-O.N.G » pour mettre en application le plan et les mesures proposés de réhabilitation et de conservation de région boisée.
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About the RUFORUM 2010 Biennal Conference
"The 2010 RUFORUM Biennial Conference was the second in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholders in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme of Natural Resource Management"