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Bars to jars: bamboo value chains in Cameroon.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23015325     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Bamboo is a well know and versatile material, which is a common sight across Cameroon's diverse ecosystems, from dry to humid tropical and Afromontane forests. Its numerous uses range from storage jars to decorating restaurant-bars, beehives to knives, fences, fodder, and fuel. Responding to the paucity of data on species and uses, the value chain for bamboo in Cameroon was analyzed. Based on 171 interviews and field observations, two African indigenous species (alpine Yushania alpina and savannah Oxytenanthera abyssinica) and exotic (Bambusa vulgaris spp.) bamboos were identified as most utilized. They were tracked from major production zones to final consumers. The ecological, socio-economic, institutional, and governance contexts and impacts are described and analyzed. Issues for research, conservation, and development are highlighted. These include the ambiguous regulatory status, the relationship between tenure and management, threats and conservation of African species and options to increase the sustainable livelihoods for stakeholders dependent upon bamboo.
Verina Ingram; Julius Chupezi Tieguhong
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2012-09-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ambio     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0044-7447     ISO Abbreviation:  Ambio     Publication Date:  2013 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-03-25     Completed Date:  2013-06-25     Revised Date:  2014-04-01    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0364220     Medline TA:  Ambio     Country:  Sweden    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  320-33     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Bambusa / growth & development*
Conservation of Natural Resources / economics,  legislation & jurisprudence,  methods*
Construction Materials* / economics
Forestry / economics,  legislation & jurisprudence,  methods*,  organization & administration
Government Regulation
Sasa / growth & development*
Socioeconomic Factors
Tropical Climate

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