Background and Objective: Against a backdrop of climate change and strong population growth, natural resources are under considerable pressure from human activity. This aims to contribute to the understanding of the use of woody plant species and the perception of the dynamics of the woody stand of the forest massifs of the Diamaré Department in the Far North of Cameroon. Materials and Methods: The methodology was based on socio-economic surveys carried out based on questionnaires in previously established forms. As 264 people were interviewed an average of 66 per site. The statistical data collected were analyzed using R software version 4.2.1 and the chi-squared test to compare the means. Results: Individual interviews with local populations showed that the majority of actors exploiting natural resources are men (73%) aged between 40 and 50 years, including farmers (87.8%), herders (62.07%) and traders (33.2%). The most exploited woody species were Balanites aegyptiaca (96.25%), Acacia nilotica (88.37%), Tamarindus indica (96.12%), Azadirachta indica (82.6%), Piliostigma thonningii (69. 9%), Acacia seyal (62.75%) were the most used species. These species are used for food, medicines and handicrafts, leading to a reduction in forest area. Conclusion: The perception of the vegetation dynamics by the residents showed that 89.3% of the people see that the areas of natural formations have decreased. These species are used for food, medicines and handicrafts, leading to a reduction in forest area.
Kalda Henri, Tchobsala and Mvondo Jean Pierre, 2023. Plant Use and its Impact on the Evolution of Woody Plant Formations in Diamaré, Far North of Cameroon. Asian Journal of Plant Sciences, 22: 506-515.