The Support for Forest Research in the Central African Republic project is at the origin of the M'Baïki forest dynamics monitoring plot, which was installed in 1982.

Presentation of the project

This plot is the oldest in the region. It was installed to study and quantify the long-term effect of exploitation on populations and stands of trees in semi-deciduous forests.

The PDRSO-Research project has been responsible for monitoring the plot since 2017, and it also provides training to students in forest ecology and the acquisition of new data on the composition and functioning of these forests.


In the Central African Republic, the South-West Regional Development Project (PDRSO), funded by AFD and FFEM from 2015 to 2020, is an extension of the work undertaken in support of projects for the implementation of forest management plans (PARPAF and PARPAF2, from 2000 to 2011[1]). This project consists of three parts:

  • a local development component combining capacity building of municipalities and local communities (planning of needs, mobilisation of forestry revenue, project management and monitoring of sites) and the financing of immediate investments.
  • a forest administration support component (AGDRF, MEFCP) combining resident and ad hoc technical assistance to the AGDRF with technical equipment (software, office automation), particularly to conduct the process of planning the three forest, social and environmental permits granted at the end of 2014.
  • a REDD+ component to define and implement interventions to limit agricultural pressure on forests and measure its impact. This component has also supported the Boukoko Forest Research Centre and the M'Baïki plot, which depends on it.

Support for the M'Baïki plot started at the end of 2016 and made it possible to carry out annual inventories from 2017 to 2020, and the support of students has helped to carry out a series of studies on:

  • (i) the monitoring of the phenology of 14 species of potential commercial interest,
  • (ii) an initial estimate of the abundance and diversity of lianas present on the site and the potential impact of exploitation on these lianas,
  • (iii) and an initial estimate of the height of large-diameter trees on control parcels to understand the effect of sites between the DYNAFAC collective's various plots. Work is currently being started to establish a height-diameter allometry relationship on these parcels.