MUSEME NYOLENGE Noël-Anselme1, MVAKA MVANDA Jean Robert3, MATITI Guelord1, ISA MANIKISA4, KALALA BOLOKANGO Gaétan1, 2*

Exploitation of Natural Resources in the Forest Ecosystems of the Hinterland of the City of Bandundu: Status and Prospects.

Central Africa, and in particular the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in all its ecological and socio-economic diversity, is one of the countries where forest ecosystems (as a reservoir of biodiversity and supplier of forest products) are expected to take a predominant part in the process of its sustainable development.

In Bandundu and its hinterland, forests are under increasing pressure and continue to deteriorate as a result of their overexploitation in order to meet the basic needs of a mostly poor and especially unemployed population.

To mitigate this threat, which could jeopardize the future of these fragile ecosystems, this study is based on the exploitation of the related forests, to establish the current situation, to identify future prospects and to suggest some corresponding sustainable management orientations.

To achieve this, in addition to documentation, direct field observations and interviews with stakeholders, the interview technique was used to collect data subject to relative frequency analyzes. The resulting results show a progressive degradation of forests due to increasing human pressure linked to population growth. Télécharger l'article