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PAPACO STUDY N°3

Sahelo-saharian large protected areas: how do they contribute to conservation?

pic1West Africa large protected areas which are located in dry areas generally have very large surface areas (1 500 000 ha minimum each) with a very low density of population. They can be divided into three groups: protected areas classified in the 50s-70s which have lost much of their first interest and which vocation is questioned today; the more recently classified protected areas where new mapping projects are in progress; and new protected areas which are being created.

These protected areas are characterized by common concerns and constraints: the will to conserve or reintroduce Saharan species, conserve original (or nearly original) ecosystems, but also the importance of poaching, the decrease of natural resources, pastoral pressure, increasing forest exploitation, increasing human pressure, etc. It is in this context that PAPACO decided to conduct this study in order to analyze the contribution of these large biodiversity conservation areas and, if need be, propose evolutions which will improve it as efficiently as possible.

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