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Publications & Reports

The status of biodiversity in Kasyoha - Kitomi Central Forest Reserve

Year of publication
2018

Kasyoha-Kitomi Central Forest Reserve (KKCFR) covers nearly 40,000 ha of mid-altitude moist forest in the
central part of the Albertine Rift. The reserve lies in the administrative districts of Bushenyi, Rubirizi, Ibanda and
Kamwengye. The reserve is one of the few Uganda’s remaining medium altitude moist forests.

Echuya Biodiversity report 2018

Year of publication
2018

This report focuses on the current status of biodiversity in Echuya Central Forest Reserve, SW Uganda. The taxa assessed were the large and small mammals, birds, and plants (trees, shrubs and herbs). The selected taxa were used as proxies for overall biodiversity.

Annual cycles are the most common reproductive strategy in African tropical tree communities

Year of publication
2018

We present the first cross-continental comparison of the flowering and fruiting phenology of tropical forests across Africa. Flowering events of 5446 trees from 196 species across 12 sites and fruiting events of 4595 trees from 191 species across 11 sites were monitored over periods of 6 to 29 years and analyzed to describe phenology at the continental level.

ITFC strategic plan 2017-2022

Year of publication
2017

ITFC's strategic plan from 2017-2022 is the institute's guiding plan on how to continue its work conservation and ecological research in a time when research is ever more important despite the rise of new challenges to the activities of research. This strategic plan establishes ITFC as a forward thinking and moving research leader in the albertine ecoregion.

Hydrological Systems in the Greater Virunga Landscape: Water Quality around Mikeno Sector

Year of publication
2016

Monitoring of environmental parameters is one of the highest priorities in the evaluation of environmental status of water resources and in environmental protection policy. The main objectives are to understand and evaluate the water quantity and quality in order to provide water of appropriate quality to various water users. The water quantity was assessed by the measurement of runoff.

Matrix population models indicate that bark harvest of two medicinal plants in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is sustainable

Year of publication
2016

Balancing forest conservation with resource extraction by local people is challenging. In the mountain forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda, this was addressed by permitting regulated access to certain forest products in specific areas by authorized local people. However, it remained unclear whether harvest levels were biologically sustainable.

Positive biodiversity-productivity relationship predominant in global forests.

Year of publication
2016

We explored the effect of tree species richness on tree volume productivity at the global scale using repeated forest inventories from 777,126 permanent sample plots in 44 countries containingmore than 30 million trees from 8737 species spanningmost of the global terrestrial biomes. Our findings reveal a consistent positive concave-down effect of biodiversity on forest productivity across world