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Revista Cubana de Ciencias Forestales

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JIMENEZ GONZALEZ, Alfredo et al. Exploitation and potential use of Phytelephas aequatorialis Spruce as a non-timber forest product. Rev cubana ciencias forestales [online]. 2018, vol.6, n.3, pp.311-326. ISSN 2310-3469.

In the Andil and Caña Brava communities, adjacent to the estate of the Southern State University of Manabí located on the Jipijapa-Noboa road, a study was conducted in order to obtain information on the properties and uses of the species Phytelephas aequatorialis as a Product Non-timber forest (NWFP). Based on interviews and discussions, the problem arose that the use of the species mentioned in the area is not sustainable; therefore, the objective of the work is related to evaluating the use of Phytelephas aequatorialis, in these two communities. Field trips were conducted to verify in situ the most common potentials and uses of this species. The empirical survey method was used, and a simple random sampling was carried out by establishing plots of 2 000 m2 (20 m x 100 m). It was verified that there are potentialities for the sustainable use of Phytelephas aequatorialis. Among the main uses of the species were found, food and beverages, essential oils, handicrafts and in a lesser proportion it is used as ornamental. According to the location of the sites and the manner of extraction of this species, actions are needed that contribute to its sustainable use and that involve the social actors of both the University and the communities, including gender and aimed at giving greater protagonism to young people.

Keywords : tropical dry forest; marketing; ethnobotany; fragile ecosystems; uses.

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