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Acai Palm Management in the Amazon Estuary: Course for Conservation or Passage to Plantations?

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dc.contributor.author Weinstein, Stephanie en_US
dc.contributor.author Moegenburg, Susan en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:57:22Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:57:22Z
dc.date.issued 2004 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-08-21 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-08-21 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3114
dc.description.abstract "In the late 1980s, the acai (Euterpe oleracea) fruit and palmito extraction system of eastern Amazonia was heralded as a promising alternative to deforestation that could simultaneously provide income to rural producers and protect forest integrity. We tested these claims in five communities located along a distance gradient from the largest regional market in Belem, Brazil. We evaluated the market accessibility and manage strategies of acai producers, and assessed the impacts of management on forest characteristics. In contrast to other NTFP systems, we found that distance to the major market is not a limiting factor for acai sales because throughout the region intermediaries are readily available to transport intensification of palm management, which results in the conversion of native floodplain forests into acai-dominated forests that closely resemble plantations. We conclude that the acai system is not typical of other NTFP and should not be regarded as a model for merging forest conservation with rural development. However, the increased demand for acai, especially from educated consumers, together with the ease of production and marketing, present an opportunity to develop the acai system into one in which both rural livelihoods and forest integrity are supported." en_US
dc.subject Amazon River region en_US
dc.subject deforestation en_US
dc.subject livelihoods en_US
dc.subject economic behavior en_US
dc.subject conservation en_US
dc.subject palm en_US
dc.title Acai Palm Management in the Amazon Estuary: Course for Conservation or Passage to Plantations? en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.coverage.region South America en_US
dc.coverage.country Brazil en_US
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Conservation and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth July en_US
dc.submitter.email efcastle@indiana.edu en_US

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