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Evaluation of Natural Regeneration and Tree Species Diversity in Miombo Woodlands in Malawi
A study was conducted to determine the best silvicultural practice to maximise natural regeneration and tree species diversity in miombo woodland in Chongoni Forest Reserve in Malawi. Four trial plots of 50m x 25m with about 10m buffer zone were each subjected to one of the following silvicultural practices: Complete coppice (CC); coppice with standard (CWS); selective thinning (ST); and control was leave it alone (CT). The treatments were completely randomized in three replicates. Twenty years after establishment of the plots an inventory on natural regeneration and tree species diversity was carried out. The results indicate that selective thinning had higher natural regeneration, mainly because of one species, although the differences among silvicultural practices were not significant. Coppice with standard was observed to have the highest tree species diversity. Therefore, coppice with standard has been recommended as one of the future management options in management of miombo woodlands in Malawi in order to maximise tree species diversity whilst maintaining good site cover.
Essential Oil Yield of Corymbia citriodora as Influenced by Harvesting Age, Seasonal Variation and Provenance at Citrifine Plantations in Northern Malawi
Corymbia citriodora grown in Citrifine Plantations in Chikangawa, Northern Malawi was evaluated for essential oil yield as influenced by harvesting age, season variation and provenance at the plant age of the three and four years. All the parameters harvesting age, season variation and provenance significantly affected essential oil yield of Corymbia citriodora leaves. Citronellal was the major compound (˃80%) in the oil followed by citronellol (5.3 to 7.7%), linalool (2.1 to 2.2%), isopulegol (1.2 to 2.1%) and citronellyl acetate (0.6 to 0.8%). Essential oil yield decreased with increasing plant age. Cold-wet season (May to August) particularly in the month of August produced significantly (P<0.001) higher essential oil yield than warm-wet and dry seasons at both harvesting age of three and four years. The differences in essential oil yield due to season can be attributed to changes in temperature and humidity, also to different stage metabolism.
Community Structure, Biodiversity Value and Management Practices of Traditional Agroforestry Systems in Tripura, North East India
The present communication deals with traditional agroforestry systems practiced by the rural people of Tripura, North East India. The study was carried out in five villages of South Tripura district. It reveals that traditional agroforestry systems are diverse with a great deal of socially valuable plant species. The local inhabitants maintained multistrata agroforestry system with intimate mixture of diversified agricultural crops and multipurpose tree species to fulfil most of their basic needs. The total number of woody and herbaceous species recorded in the agroforestry system was 44 and 49 respectively. Among the woody plants A. procera shows the highest importance value index (IVI) in the agroforestry land. But in contrast I. cylindrica shows the highest relative importance value among the herbaceous flora. Documented plants from the traditional agroforestry system provide the community day to day needs of food, timber as well as ethnomedicinal purposes. The present study provides baseline information about the traditional aspects of agroforestry system. The multi-storied composition, high species diversity and domestication of native wild plants in the system may help to conserve biodiversity of the region.
Preliminary Impacts of a Co-Management Program at Lawachara National Park, Bangladesh
Lawachara National Park (LNP) is one of the five sites in Bangladesh, where a co-management system (also termed collaborative management) was introduced by the Nishorgo Support Project (NSP) involving local people in the management authority and resource sharing. The present study, based on primary field investigation (in-depth interviews, key informant interviews, focus group discussions), aimed at unveiling the aspects, efficiency, mutual benefits and issues of co-management system at LNP. The incorporation of the local stakeholders in the decision making and resource sharing are the major motto of the co-management approach. The system from its very beginning has been trying to enlighten the local people about the values of the resources and park. Introduction of Alternative Income Generation (AIG) shifted the dependency on park resources. Illicit felling has been curbed down from 18 to 10 incidents per year. Apart from tourists, communication gap between Co-management Committee (CMC) and Village Council Forum (VCF) is a major issue of the system. Eco-tourism and awareness building of the tourists might be theeffective solutions for better protection of the resources at LNP.