Participation in the Management of a Peri-Urban Protected Forest in Northern Côte d'Ivoire: Case of the Mount Korhogo Classified Forest

  • N'guessan Simon Andon Teacher-Researcher, Assistant Professor of Environmental Geography Peleforo Gon Coulibaly University of Korhogo (Côte d’Ivoire)
  • Kouadio Augustin Alla
  • Kouacou Jean-Marie Atta

Abstract

The evolution of tropical forest deforestation in Côte d'Ivoire is very alarming. From 16 million hectares in 1900, the area increased to 9 million hectares in 1965 to less than 2.5 million hectares in 2016. Even forests protected by the State of Côte d'Ivoire are not spared while peri-urban protected forests are the most exposed. The finding reveals many shortcomings in the state monopoly of protected area management. Yet, elsewhere in Africa, many experiences of participatory management have shown significant advances in protection and their introduction in Côte d'Ivoire from 1990. To understand the effectiveness of this new consultation framework adopted as a management tool, national policies and locally adopted strategies on the Mount Korhogo classified forest in northern Côte d'Ivoire have been analyzed. Results show a failure of participation at the national level since 1996 and a lack of participation at the local level. Despite the establishment of a local committee for forest defense and fight against bush fires, the lack of consultation undermines the proper functioning of this organization, thus leading to the exacerbation of deforestation. Mount Korhogo Classified Forest.Keywords: participatory management, consultation framework, protected forest, urbanization, deforestation
Published
Dec 29, 2018
How to Cite
ANDON, N'guessan Simon; ALLA, Kouadio Augustin; ATTA, Kouacou Jean-Marie. Participation in the Management of a Peri-Urban Protected Forest in Northern Côte d'Ivoire: Case of the Mount Korhogo Classified Forest. European Journal of Social Sciences, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 3, p. 21-33, dec. 2018. ISSN 2601-8640. Available at: <http://journals.euser.org/index.php/ejss/article/view/3997>. Date accessed: 20 mar. 2019. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.26417/ejss.v1i3.p21-33.