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Demographic pressure and natural resources conservation

This paper presents results of a field survey in Nlobesse'e, Dja Biosphere Reserve in southern Cameroon to evaluate the various effects that increase in the local populations exert in resource conservation. A marked negative impact on conservation of natural resources with a decrease of 6.2% of the resources. There is meat demand of 44.4kg of bush meat per day. Hunting and fishing were noted for negatively influencing conservation of biodiversity contributed 15.2% and 11.2% respectively of the total income of households. Other sources include: wages from agro-plantation contributing 40.3, farming 24.2%, commerce 3% and others 4.58%. It is recommended that other sources of income such as the creation of small scale enterprises and ecotourism should be encouraged in and around biospheres reserves.

Author(s): 
Timah, E.A., Ajaga, N., Tita, D.F., Ntonga, L.M. and Bongsiyi, I.B.
Source: 
Ecological economics
Volume etc.: 
64, 475-483
Year published: 
2008