By Samuel Kofi Nyame IUCN, GHANA 23-27/10/2006. BUILDING BIODIVERSITY INTO ALLANBLACKIA INITIATIVES: FOREST AND AGRICULTURAL LANDSCAPE OPPORTUNITIES. Outline of presentation. A. Brief overview of existing work / knowledge: Distribution, Inventory and description
Samuel Kofi Nyame
23-27/10/2006BUILDING BIODIVERSITY INTO ALLANBLACKIA INITIATIVES: FOREST AND AGRICULTURAL LANDSCAPE OPPORTUNITIES.
Family : Clusiaceae - contains ~ 40 genera worldwide, but appears to consist of nine tree species, all restricted to Africa.
Genus: Allanblackia : Taxonomy - appears somewhat complex, with some species having numerous synonyms, and the divisions between taxa are indeterminate;
- molecular genetic studies are currently underway, though no results are available yet, to help delineate the relationships and boundaries between species.
Development objective - is to promote sustainable development and trade in Allanblackia oil as a contribution towards national economic development, by diversifying income sources to improve the livelihood of poor rural communities and by fostering sustainable biodiversity conservation and management in Ghana.
Specific objective - is to promote the instruments (Best Practice Guidelines) that will ensure sustainable harvesting of Allanblackia as well as equitable sharing of benefits amongst the various stakeholders .
To secure a sustainable supply of Allanblackia seed to meet the needs of the buyer (currently only Unilever).
Short term:- used for harvesting seed from natural stands by the Unilever supply chain.
Long term: applied to Allanblackia harvesting from natural and cultivate stands involving other buyers or supply chain arrangements.
Although these guidelines have been developed for Ghana, they are expected to be largely relevant in other countries within the Novella initiative
The main message of these guidelines is that, if you adhere to these measures, you will have a market for your Allanblackia seeds.
What is the relationship between AB and biodiversity?
A process that brings people together to identify, negotiate and put in place practices that restore an optimal balance of environmental, social and economic benefits from forests and trees within a broader pattern of land uses
Allanblackia provides a unique opportunity to use a native tree species, with environmental and economic benefits, to restore degraded forest lands in Ghana and other African countries that have experienced a period of exotic species plantations resulting in negative consequences for local biodiversity and livelihoods.