PhD 2 : Dramani Ramdan

Exploring the interplay of natural habitat loss, ectomycorrhizal fungal community, and livelihoods: a holistic approach towards ecological restoration and conservation for addressing poverty


Natural habitat loss has profound implications for biodiversity, ecosystem functions, and human well-being. Fungi, often overlooked but ecologically and economically vital, are intricately linked to these impacts. This research seeks to investigate the interplay between habitat loss, Ectomycorrhizal Fungal Community and livelihoods, with a focus on how ecological restoration efforts can effectively address these challenges. Therefore, this research aims specifically to (i) assess the extent and consequences of natural habitat loss on Ectomycorrhizal Fungal Community, (ii) explore case studies of successful ecological restoration and conservation initiatives that have positively impacted fungal diversity, livelihoods, and socio-economic disparities, (iii) identify potential strategies for integrating fungal diversity into restoration and conservation practices to enhance ecosystem resilience and address poverty and (iv) provide recommendations for policy-makers, practitioners, and local communities to promote holistic approaches to biodiversity conservation, poverty alleviation. As expected outcomes, this research will contribute to the understanding of the complex relationship between habitat loss, Ectomycorrhizal Fungal diversity, livelihoods and poverty. By highlighting the potential of fungal resources for sustainable development and ecosystem resilience, the study will provide insights into how restoration and conservation efforts can be designed to address multiple challenges simultaneously. The recommendations will guide policymakers, practitioners, and local communities towards holistic strategies that promote both ecological and social well-being.