Dr. Ir. Rodrigue C. GBEDOMON

Responsable d'unités de recherche

Research interests : Ecosystem services, Natural resources economics and governance – Ethnobotany –


Head of Forest and People Livelihood research Unit

Research interests

  • Agroecosystems biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Agroecology
  • Forest economic and governance
  • Ethnobotany


Rodrigue Castro Gbedomon is a young African researcher. His studies include a degree in Agricultural sciences, a Master in Forestry and Biodiversity and a PhD in Agronomic Sciences at the University of Abomey-Calavi. He is a research associate at the Laboratory of Biomathematics and Forest Estimations (www.labef-uac.org), University of Abomey-Calavi. In addition to his teaching and research, he has taken on several roles in collaborative Research-Development projects wherein scientists, practitioners, local communities and policy makers work together to create knowledge and implement innovations in agricultural and environment fields.

Gbedomon’s research concerns the social dimensions of biodiversity conservation, or, more specifically, how people perceive, use and interact with forest resources in a context of global changes (climate change, social change, etc.). He is interested in advancing knowledge and practices on nature conservation, with a focus on topics such as ecosystem services, urban forestry, forest economics and governance etc.

Awards and distinctions

  • 2018: Postdoc scholarship (Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship)
  • 2014: PhD grant (government of Benin)

Profiles and Curriculum

Total number of publications

  • Articles scientifiques publiés dans les journaux: 12
  • Communications: 0
  • Documents techniques: 0

Key publications

1. Salako, K. V., Moreira, F., Gbedomon, R. C., Tovissodé, F., Assogbadjo, A. E., & Kakaï, R. L. G. (2018). Traditional knowledge and cultural importance of Borassus aethiopum Mart. in Benin: interacting effects of socio-demographic attributes and multi-scale abundance. Journal of ethnobiology and ethnomedicine, 14(1), 36.

2. Agbani, P. O., Kafoutchoni, K. M., Salako, K. V., Gbedomon, R. C., Kégbé, A. M., Karen, H., & Sinsin, B. (2018). Traditional ecological knowledge-based assessment of threatened woody species and their potential substitutes in the Atakora mountain chain, a threatened hotspot of biodiversity in Northwestern Benin, West Africa. Journal of ethnobiology and ethnomedicine, 14(1), 21.

3. Rashid, N., Gbedomon, R.C., Ahmad, M., Salako, V.K., Zafar, M. and Malik, K., 2018. Traditional knowledge on herbal drinks among indigenous communities in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan. Journal of ethnobiology and ethnomedicine, 14(1), p.16.

4. Gbedomon, R.C, Salako, V., Adomou, A., Glèlè Kakaї, R. and Assogbadjo, A. (2017). Plants in traditional home gardens: richness, composition, conservation and implications for native biodiversity in Benin. Biodiversity and Conservation, 1-21.

5. Gbedomon, R.C, Salako, V., Fandohan, B., Idohou, R., Glèlè Kakaї, R. and Assogbadjo, A. (2017). Functional diversity of home gardens and their agro-biodiversity conservation benefits: case study in Benin, West-Africa. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, 13:66