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Artisanal Non-Timber Forest Products in Darien Province, Panama: The Importance of Context

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Velasquez Runk, J.; Mepaquito, Pinel; Pena, Floriselda
Journal: Conservation and Society
Volume: 2
Date: 2004
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3040
Sector: Forestry
Region: Central America & Caribbean
Subject(s): forest products
Abstract: "Non-timber forest products (NTFP) have been frequently studied as a means to conserve forests and provide income to users communities. Studies on NTFP have often been restricted to a single species, year and human community. However, a number of recent studies are challenging these simplifications. Here, we examine a suite of artisanal NTFP that are of increasing economic importance to Wounaan and Embera households in Panama. Artisans make carvings from seeds of a tagua palm (Phytelephas seemannii) and the wood of a cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa), and weave baskets from the fibres of the chunga palm (Astrocaryum standleyanum). We studied the ecology and socio-economics of these resources between 1997."

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