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Mechanisms for sustainable use of biodiversity in and beyond natural ecosystems

A study on conservation and commercial production of Prunus africana in Uganda

Mechanisms for sustainable use of biodiversity in and beyond natural ecosystems

A study on conservation and commercial production of Prunus africana in Uganda

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The increasing demand for Prunus africana resources is an opportunity for its conservation and commercial use to support livelihoods in Africa. The objective for this study was to investigate major steps to advance production of P. africana for long-term commercial use in Uganda. Specific objectives were to explore potential production schemes, setbacks in production and strategies to advance it. The study was done by review of literature, documents and interviews with experts. Results indicated Agroforestry and large plantations to be useful schemes for production. Identified setbacks are: low trade in P. africana, unknown returns from production, competing land uses, long growth period, limited market assurance and information. The lack of a resource assessment for P. africana in forests contributes to its low trade which undermines related economic benefits for national development and incentives to commercial production. We propose that a national Quantitative resource assessment of P. africana in forests is one of the crucial steps that should be undertaken to carefully organise and advance sustainable trade to provide rational incentives for commercial production. Subsequently, production should be localised in suitable sites and producers be organised into cooperatives. Further research to improve returns from commercial production of P. africana is needed.

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OrganisatieSaxion
InstituutAcademie BBT
LectoraatDuurzame Leefomgeving
Datum2010-07-01
TypeArtikel
TaalNederlands

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