2005-65

2005-65
Credit: 
© 2004 April Thompson, Courtesy of Photoshare
Photographer: 
April Thompson
Location: 
Guinea
GN
Date taken: 
January 31, 2004
Project: 
2005 Photoshare Photo Contest - Environment
Known Person: 

Caption

A Bani tree in an agro-forestry field in the Nialama Classified Forest of Guinea. Nialama?s management plan limits logging of key species such as the Bani, which the chimpanzees like to use to make their nests. Practicing an agro-forestry technique called Taungya, farmers now leave at least 100 trees on each hectare, with 10 meters between each to allow ample sunlight for crops to grow. The forest is managed by the local people and the Guinean government in an innovative partnership brokered by the Expanded Natural Resource Management Activity (ENRMA). ENRMA agents mark a mix of young and old trees to be spared, favoring straight-growing trunks that can later be harvested for timber. The practice helps to keep the habitat intact and also protects the soil from damage due to overexposure from the sun and rain.

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