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Harvest of Bombax ceiba for the Aboriginal arts industry, central Arnhem Land, Australia

Griffiths, AD, Philips, A and Godjuwa, C (2003). Harvest of Bombax ceiba for the Aboriginal arts industry, central Arnhem Land, Australia. Biological Conservation,113(2):295-305.

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Title Harvest of Bombax ceiba for the Aboriginal arts industry, central Arnhem Land, Australia
Author Griffiths, AD
Philips, A
Godjuwa, C
Journal Name Biological Conservation
Publication Date 2003
Volume Number 113
Issue Number 2
ISSN 0006-3207   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-0038546989
Start Page 295
End Page 305
Total Pages 11
Place of Publication Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier Science
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Aboriginal people in remote Australian communities have limited opportunity to participate in the market economy. The Aboriginal arts and craft industry offers an important option to generate cash income and the sustained supply of native plants used in production is vital. We assessed the current harvest of a rainforest tree species commonly used for sculpture, Bombax ceiba. Information from field surveys, a regional rainforest inventory and sales figures from the Maningrida region were used to estimate the population size and structure of B. ceiba, the harvest intensity of. patches and the economic value of the harvest. We estimate the density of B. ceiba to be 105.10 +/- 12.32 stems ha(-1) and a regional population of 76615 +/- 14063 stems. A cumulative harvest over 20 years of 6% suggests approximately 4596 stems harvested, and the harvest was worth about $200,000 over the last three years. The majority (80%) of harvested stems coppiced and were suitable for harvesting. Logistic regression suggests both distance to outstation and township influence harvesting intensity, with some localised over-harvest. Rainforests provide a valuable resource to Aboriginal artists in Maningrida and their maintenance provides important conservation benefits to the Australian community. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keywords economy
logistic regression
sustainable use
tropical trees
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