A new guide to sustainably manage wildlife in Central African production forests

In collaboration with the Forest is life scientific team from the Faculty Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech (University of Liège), Nature + published at the end of 2020 a book entitled "Development and implementation of a management plan de la fauna - Technical guide for managers of production forests in Central Africa ”.

This guide is an operational tool intended to support operators of Central African forests in improving their practices in terms of wildlife management, and to support them in a possible process of certification of legality or sustainability. As such, it can positively influence the management of millions of km² of dense forest.

The book, published by Les Presses Agronomique de Gembloux, is freely available at:

Large-scale distribution

Thanks to funding from KFW Bankengruppe and the Central African Forestry Commission COMIFAC through the Program for the Promotion of Certified Forest Exploitation (PPECF), the ECOFAC VI program and the French Global Environment Fund (FFEM ), this book will be distributed to a wide audience (national authorities responsible for forest ecosystems and wildlife, managers of forest concessions and protected areas, researchers and students, etc.)

An operational approach

The approach presented in this book is based on an in-depth diagnosis carried out within sustainably managed forest concessions in Central Africa, supplemented by an inventory of the gray and scientific literature concerning wildlife management practices in the massifs. foresters exploited for their timber. At the end of this inventory, the most relevant practices in the context of forest concessions were identified. The guide presents in a pragmatic and illustrated way:

  • The international and national regulatory frameworks for the five Central African countries (Cameroon, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo and Central African Republic), as well as the principles and criteria of the PAFC and FSC benchmarks in terms of management of wildlife in forest concessions;
  • The process of developing and implementing a Wildlife Management Plan, including thematic sheets relating to the main wildlife management and conservation measures to be put in place
  • A model outline of the Wildlife Management Plan incorporating these different measures and proposing a prioritization in their implementation;