, Volume 46, Issue 1, pp 45-54

Perspectives for sustainable resource utilization and management of nipa vegetation

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Abstract

Nypa fruticans Wurmb. dominated wetlands are commonly found where brackish waters overflow with the tides. This swamp palm is harvested for a variety of purposes, including roofing, construction materials and peels for rolling cigarettes from its leaves, and sugar syrup, an intoxicating juice, vinegar and alcohol from its floral and fruit stalk exudate. Extraction techniques are traditional, and current resource development strategies are non-existent in areas where nipa palms are being harvested. Maintenance of adequate supplies of the resource requires knowledge of demand on the resource and its renewability under natural and harvest regimes. To sustain production, indigenous populations follow conservation-oriented practices in husbanding the natural resource.