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Economic Botany

, Volume 54, Issue 3, pp 358–376 | Cite as

Forest use at the pacific coast of chocó, colombia: A quantitative approach

  • Gloria Galeano
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Abstract

Forest use by Afro-American people on the Pacific coast of Chocó, Colombia, was investigated using a quantitative methodology based upon informant consensus. Information was obtained for all species ≥ cm dbh in three plots totaling 1.8 ha. Eighty-nine uses were recorded; 62.8% of the species, 74% of the families and 83.3% of the individuals have some use. Most uses involve subsistence activities The most important uses were selective extraction of wood for construction, firewood, and materials for technological application. Use values for species and families were dependent on their abundance. For some particularly useful species and families (Lauraceae, Annonaceae, and Sapotaceae), however, use value was higher than expected from their abundance. This may suggest overexploitation of those species and families. Demographic studies of those species are recommended. All recorded uses are listed and information on the use values of the species is provided.

Key words

Afro-Americans Chocó Colombia quantitative ethnobotany 

Uso del bosque en la costa pacífica del chocó, colombia: Un enfoque cuantitativo

Resumen

Se investigó el uso del bosque por los Afroamericanos en la costa Pacifica del Chocó, Colombia, utilizando metodología cuantitativa basada en el consenso de informantes. Se obtuvo información para las especies ≥ cm dap encontradas en tres parcelas, para un total muestreado de 1.8 ha. Se registraron 89 usos; 62.8% de las especies, 74% de las familias y 83.3% de los individuos tienen algún uso. La mayoría de usos del bosque está relacionada con actividades de subsistencia. Los usos más importantes involucran la extraction selectiva de modera para constructión, leña y material para aplicaciones tecnológicas. Los valores de uso para especies y familias fueron dependientes de su abundancia. Sin embargo, el valor de uso para algunas especies y familias utiles (Lauraceae, Annonaceae y Sapotaceae) fue más alto que lo esperado dada su abundancia. Esto sugiere que esas especies y familias están siendo sobreexplotadas. Se recomiendan estudios demográficos de esas especies. Se da una lista de los usos e information sobre las especies utiles.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gloria Galeano
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute de Ciencias NaturalesUniversidad Nacional de ColombiaBogotáColombia

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