Thesis projects

Current master projects

Impact of commercialization on the population parameters of Irvingia, a Non Timber Forest Products (NTFP) genus in Cameroon
Jona Vanparys

This thesis aims to study the impact of different degrees of NTFP commercialization on the population of Irvingia (bush mango) trees. Increased pressure on NTFPs has an impact on the population through different processes such as overexploitation, domestication, privatisation,.. An participatory inventory will combine quantitative assessments (measurements of different tree attributes) with local knowledge to assess the actual impact on the target population. Fieldwork took place in Cameroon.

 

Recently finished master projects

Monotemporal assessment of amount of Acacia’s (individuals, tree groups) and estimation of crown diameter classes of Acacia raddiana in Bou-Hedma National Park, Tunisia
Kevin Delaplace

In this study we focus on the Acacia raddiana forest steppe in Bou-Hedma National Park, Tunisia. A. raddiana is a keystone species in the pre-Saharan Tunisia zone, as it is the only tree persisting on the edge of the desert. The aim of the study is to perform a monotemporal assessment of the amount of Acacia raddiana and their crown diameter classes, with the use of a GeoEye-1 satellite image.