01-2013 to 12-2015

Total Grant

€835 118

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Claude Garcia

Partners of the project

Centre for International Cooperation in Agronomic Research for Development, CIRAD, FRANCE, coordinator

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, IIASA, AUSTRIA

Université de Liège, BELGIUM

Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, IRD, FRANCE

Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris, FRANCE

University of Montpellier 2, FRANCE

University of Rennes, FRANCE

Électricité De France, FRANCE


University of Douala, CAMEROON


Institut de Recherche en Ecologie Tropicale-IRET, GABON


University Marien Ngouabi, REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

University of Barcelona, SPAIN


Congo basin forests: tipping points for biodiversity conservation and resilience of forested social and ecological systems

The purpose of CoForTips is to foster better management of the Congo Basin forests through 1) a better understanding of the dynamics and regime shifts of biodiversity, and linkages between social and ecological systems and 2) the construction of scenarios of biodiversity, exploring possible futures for the forests and people of the region. The scenarios will explicitly address different management and policy options.
How is biodiversity changing? What are the drivers of environmental change? How will they interact and shape the future of the region? To tackle these questions CoForTips will develop spatially explicit models linking social and ecological processes, and focus on study sites selected along a gradient of human intervention. The project explicitly addresses the need to embed research in the decision making process, and will therefore work in close partnership with the stakeholders and policy makers of the region.
The project is organized in three research components aiming at:
1) Identifying tipping points in the forests of the Congo basin SES, characterising and mapping biodiversity resilience, identifying stable states and tipping points focusing on tree communities and keystone wildlife species.
2) Constructing scenarios of biodiversity, integrating social, economic, governance, ecological and geophysical processes in a platform able to simulate regional trajectories including sensitivity analysis and levels of uncertainty and incorporating feedback loops based on coping strategies developed by stakeholders.
3) Fostering resilience, embedding the results of our research in the decision making process at the regional and national levels, through well-defined impact pathways involving policy makers and the civil society, through participatory construction of scenarios, fostering innovation in forest and biodiversity policy and management.
The project will cover all the countries of the Congo Basin but three sites will be selected for in-depth surveys: Two sites have already been selected: in Cameroon (Dja region) and in Gabon (Makokou region). A third site is under discussion.