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Environment-Poverty linkages in West Africa: Household dependence on renewable natural resources in Central Burkina Faso. By Mariève Pouliot. Objective. “To estimate the contribution of renewable natural resources to rural household income in central Burkina Faso”. Study area. National Park

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Environment-Poverty linkages in West Africa: Household dependence on renewable natural resources in Central Burkina Faso

By Mariève Pouliot

objective
Objective

“To estimate the contribution of renewable natural resources to rural household income in central Burkina Faso”

study area4

National Park

155,000 ha

Study area
  • Semi-arid tropical climate
  • Mostly open/fragmented dry forests with parklands and savannah in between
  • National park Kaboré-Tambi
    • Strategy of pure conservation (no access rights for population)
    • Forest products harvested illegally
  • 9 villages / 323 households sampled
basic income statistics
Basic income statistics

1 Institut National de la Statistique et de la Démographie du Burkina Faso, 2003

2 UNDP Human Development Report 2009

conclusions
Conclusions
  • Forest and other environmental income = 26%
    • Poorer households are significantly more dependent on environment than richer households
  • Fuelwood, shea, fodder and thatching grasses most important products
    • Account for 70% of all forest and other env income
  • Little seasonal variation in environmental income
    • Important source of cash during lean period (gap filling)