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Livelihood and Conservation Aspects of Non-wood Forest Product Collection in the Shaxi Valley, Southwest China(1)
Huber, Franz K.3; Ineichen, Robert1; Yang, Yongping2; Weckerle, Caroline S.1
Corresponding Authorweckerle@ethnobot.ch
2010-09-01
Source PublicationECONOMIC BOTANY
ISSN0013-0001
Volume64Issue:3Pages:189-204
AbstractLivelihood and Conservation Aspects of Non-wood Forest Product Collection in the Shaxi Valley, Southwest China. The Shaxi Valley in Yunnan Province, P.R. China, is inhabited by Tibeto-Burman ethnic groups. We found a clear dichotomy between household strategies in the valley bottom and the mountain areas, with significantly lower household income in the mountains. The majority Bai people live predominantly in the fertile valley floor and cultivate rice, keep livestock, and commonly pursue off-farm work. Other ethnic groups live in more remote mountainous areas of the Shaxi Valley, where the collection of non-wood forest products, especially wild mushrooms, plays an important role in securing livelihoods. However, only households in the valley's central villages engage in the profitable non-wood forest product trade. Mushroom populations appear to be less vulnerable to commercial harvest than the rapidly declining wild medicinal plant populations. Due to this decline, local farmers have gained interest in cultivating medicinal plants, but only if risks are low and if financial and technical support is provided. Encouraging the cultivation of medicinal plants appears to be an appropriate means of sustainable community development.; Livelihood and Conservation Aspects of Non-wood Forest Product Collection in the Shaxi Valley, Southwest China. The Shaxi Valley in Yunnan Province, P.R. China, is inhabited by Tibeto-Burman ethnic groups. We found a clear dichotomy between household strategies in the valley bottom and the mountain areas, with significantly lower household income in the mountains. The majority Bai people live predominantly in the fertile valley floor and cultivate rice, keep livestock, and commonly pursue off-farm work. Other ethnic groups live in more remote mountainous areas of the Shaxi Valley, where the collection of non-wood forest products, especially wild mushrooms, plays an important role in securing livelihoods. However, only households in the valley's central villages engage in the profitable non-wood forest product trade. Mushroom populations appear to be less vulnerable to commercial harvest than the rapidly declining wild medicinal plant populations. Due to this decline, local farmers have gained interest in cultivating medicinal plants, but only if risks are low and if financial and technical support is provided. Encouraging the cultivation of medicinal plants appears to be an appropriate means of sustainable community development.
KeywordBai Ethnobotany Non-timber Forest Products (Ntfp) Shaxi Southwest China Yunnan
Subject AreaPlant Sciences
DOI10.1007/s12231-010-9126-z
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaPlant Sciences
WOS SubjectPlant Sciences
WOS IDWOS:000281392500001
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.kib.ac.cn/handle/151853/2633
Collection中国科学院青藏高原研究所昆明部
Affiliation1.Univ Zurich, Inst Systemat Bot, CH-8008 Zurich, Switzerland
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Kunming Inst Bot, Kunming 650204, Peoples R China
3.ETH, Inst Environm Decis, CH-8092 Zurich, Switzerland
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Huber, Franz K.,Ineichen, Robert,Yang, Yongping,et al. Livelihood and Conservation Aspects of Non-wood Forest Product Collection in the Shaxi Valley, Southwest China(1)[J]. ECONOMIC BOTANY,2010,64(3):189-204.
APA Huber, Franz K.,Ineichen, Robert,Yang, Yongping,&Weckerle, Caroline S..(2010).Livelihood and Conservation Aspects of Non-wood Forest Product Collection in the Shaxi Valley, Southwest China(1).ECONOMIC BOTANY,64(3),189-204.
MLA Huber, Franz K.,et al."Livelihood and Conservation Aspects of Non-wood Forest Product Collection in the Shaxi Valley, Southwest China(1)".ECONOMIC BOTANY 64.3(2010):189-204.
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