Recovery of conservation values in Central African rain forest after logging and shifting cultivation

Gemerden, B. S. V., Shu, G. N. & Olff, H., 2003, In : Biodiversity and Conservation. 12, 8, p. 1553-1570 18 p.

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  • Barend S. van Gemerden
  • Gideon N. Shu
  • Han Olff
Secondary forests in Central Africa are increasing in importance for biodiversity conservation as old growth forests outside the few protected areas are disappearing rapidly. We examined vegetation recovery in a lowland rain forest area in Cameroon based on a detailed botanical survey of old growth forest and different-aged logging gaps (5–27 years) and shifting cultivation fields (10–60 years). Our analysis focuses on the long-term recovery of botanical conservation values by analysing trends in vegetation structure, species composition, species diversity and levels of endemism and rarity. In the total survey (4.25 ha), we recorded 834 species of which 23% were endemic to the Lower Guinea forest region. The proportion of endemic species was high in shrubs and low in herbs. Geographic range and (local) rarity were not significantly associated. The proportion of rare species (relative frequency
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1553-1570
Number of pages18
JournalBiodiversity and Conservation
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • Species diversity, Shifting cultivation, Secondary forest, Rarity, Plants, Lowland rain forest, Logging, Endemism, Cameroon, Biodiversity conservation

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