Management and Sustainable Use of Genetic Resources of Agrobiodiversity in Basse-Lobaye

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The Lobaye basin contains a biosphere reserve, the Ngotto forest and a good part of the production forest of the Central African Republic which are threatened with extinction (Monza, 1996). In this forest, which is part of the Congo watershed, still live pygmies who are not farmers but live solely from gathering and hunting.

The region offers the particularity of hosting remarkable species of African fauna such as the chimpanzee, the gorilla, various monkeys, insectivores, the forest buffalo, the dwarf elephant. Various species of birds including the parrot (highly sought after species), indicators, nightjars (Christy, 1995) Galago, reptiles including the python-sebae, crocodiles, monitor lizards.

The flora made up of noble species from the wood industries such as Etandrophragma spp, Aniégré and Dibetou and other non-exploited marketable species. Recent studies indicate that the Lobaye basin contains several unidentified endemic species. The recent discovery of a new subspecies of cercopithecus specific to this region, called Cercopithecus cephus ngottoensis associated with that of other taxa confirms the importance of this area for Africa (canopy n° 16) and for the global environment.

This project aims to promote the positive impact of agriculture and mitigate its negative effects on some of the last forest refuges in the country and in Africa, which without it, nothing would have survived.