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A national level forest resource assessment for Burkina Faso – A field based forest inventory in a semiarid environment combining small sample size with large observation plots



A national level forest resource assessment for Burkina Faso – A field based forest inventory in a semiarid environment combining small sample size with large observation plots



Forest Ecology and Management 262(8): 0-1540



Even though considerable parts of the global tropical forests are located in Africa, reliable data on African forest resources is limited. While this is widely recognized for tropical moist forests, it also holds for tropical dry forests. To partially fill the gap a forest inventory was carried out in Burkina Faso, West Africa. In this paper we present a methodological approach and sample based estimates of the tree and forest resources including estimates of (1) land cover classes, species composition, and above ground tree carbon stocks. Following the land classification of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the. Highlights: We present results of a sample based inventory of forest resources for Burkina Faso. Definition of land use classes followed FAO definitions. We found differences to land cover estimates of a FAO study for certain classes. We derived Estimates for above ground carbon stocks for defined land use classes. We present differences in tree species abundance for defined land use classes.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2011.07.001


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