Environmental Management

, Volume 56, Issue 2, pp 389–401 | Cite as

Implications from the Use of Non-timber Forest Products on the Consumption of Wood as a Fuel Source in Human-Dominated Semiarid Landscapes

  • Maria Clara B. T. Cavalcanti
  • Marcelo Alves Ramos
  • Elcida L. Araújo
  • Ulysses P. Albuquerque


Little is known about what possible effects on wood resources might be caused by non-timber forest products (NTFPs). Here, we assessed the patterns of fuelwood consumption related to an NTFP (Caryocar coriaceum) oil extraction and how this non-domestic activity can indirectly increase the use pressure on fuelwood species in a protected area, semiarid of Brazil. We conducted semi-structured interviews, in situ inventories, phytosociological surveys, and analyses of wood quality to identify the set of woody plants used in oil production. Householders use large volumes of dry wood and a set of woody species, which are highly exploited. Additionally, many preferred species have low fuel potential and suffer much use pressure. The best fuelwood species are underused, what requires management strategies to improve their potential as a source of energy. As a result, we suggest some conservation and management actions of fuelwood resources related to the use of NTFPs.


Ethnobotany Management Biodiversity conservation Local ecological knowledge Human behavioral ecology 



The authors would like to thank the Foundation of Science and Technology of Pernambuco State (FACEPE) for the PRONEM project and the Master’s degree grant; Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES-PNPD) for the research funding; the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) for the grant for productivity fellowships to UPA and ELA; the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio); and the team of the Laboratory of Applied and Theoretical Ethnobiology from the Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco for their technical support. We would also like to extend a special thanks to the Cacimbas community for their receptivity, help, and the knowledge provided to us and all those who participated directly or indirectly in this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratório de Etnobiologia Aplicada e Teórica, Departamento de BiologiaUniversidade Federal Rural de PernambucoRecifeBrazil
  2. 2.Departamento de Ciências BiológicasUniversidade de Pernambuco - Campus Mata NorteNazaré Da MataBrazil
  3. 3.Laboratório de Ecologia dos Ecossistemas Nordestinos, Departamento de BiologiaUniversidade Federal Rural de PernambucoRecifeBrazil

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