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Hugues Adeloui Akpona

Hugues Adeloui Akpona
Ministère de l'Environnement, de l'Habitat et de l'Urbanisme · Direction Générale des Forêts et des Ressources Naturelles

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Spotted-necked otters (Hydrictis maculicollis) are present in several major river systems in southern Benin, and their environmental requirements link them to food and water security issues as the region is so densely populated by humans. The lack of baseline data on their distribution and ecology is another major constraint that the species is fac...
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There is an increasing need for monitoring schemes that help understand the evolution of the global biodiversity crisis and propose solutions for the future. Indicators, including temporal baselines, are crucial to measure the change in biodiversity over time, to evaluate progress towards its conservation and sustainable use and to set conservation...
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Background The habitat degradation together with fragmentation and illegal hunting represent a major threat for biodiversity conservation in Lama protected areas. Method We used a combination of questionnaire survey with local communities for ranking the hunted mammal species as bushmeat and track surveys in gridded-cell system of 500x500 m ² (n=2...
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Capacity building to conserve African otters - Volume 50 Issue 1 - Hugues Akpona, Jan Reed-Smith, Grace Yoxon
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Dendrometric parameters such as tree DBH, height, crown diameter and size characteristics of leaves and fruit production collected from Vitellaria paradoxa subsp. growing in three land use types in Pendjari Biosphere Reserve (PBR) were analyzed. A total of 36 circular plots of 15 m diameter were randomly set in the three main land use sites of the...
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The spotted-necked otter (Lutra maculicollis) is believed to be declining across its range and, in Benin, has recently been listed as endangered. In Benin, the spotted-necked otter is largely restricted to the south of the country, where it is threatened by a number of factors, including conflict with fishermen. Understanding the nature and extent...
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A common problem affecting many animal species is the soaring demand 10 for their body parts for use in medicinal products. In Benin, in spite of intense 11 commercial exploitation of wildlife for medicinal purposes, no official statistics on 12 the use of animals for medicinal and magic/religious purposes are available and 13 consequently, there i...
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Otters are a very poorly studied species in most of Africa and Benin is no exception. This is due to their inaccessible habitat (river valleys), their retiring behaviour, and the difficulty of having no specific survey methods. An interview survey of local people was carried out in 2004 by the Laboratory of Applied Ecology in Southern Benin wetland...
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Information on the ecology and local perception of par-ticular species is required for their conservation and man-agement in tropical forests, where their range has either disappeared or their numbers are shrinking due to anthropogenic factors. We combined indigenous knowl-edge and wildlife observations to record four species of mongooses in the La...
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Chewing sticks are secondary forest products used by people of all ages, genders and professions in Benin but less investigated according to species concerned, their importance according to local communities and their pharmacological properties. For that purpose, an ethnobotanical survey was conducted among 105 local informants of 8 districts in so...
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Plant toothbrush, wrongly named toothpick, is a shrub species that is considered as a secondary forest product that thrive in natural stands (savannas and forest). A structural description of the stands mainly composed of these species was done through a forest inventory of 19 square plots of 50 m of side. Data collected within plots were the diame...
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The conservation of biodiversity and sustainable man-agement strategies must be based on an understanding of the structural and functional ecological traits of utilized species. Such basic data are still lacking for even the most endangered species in Africa. In this study, we combined ecological methods with ethnographic appro-aches to investigate...
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"In most West African regions, phytodiversity is under a great threat due to the increasing human impact and changing climatic conditions. In Benin and especially in Pehunco, Sinende and Kouande commune, we notice that desertification phenomena is become more and more important and vegetation is mainly composed of savannahs with trees of small size...

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