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Palm harvest impacts in tropical forests

Objective

Tropical forests harbour thousands of useful plants which are harvested and used in subsistence economies or traded in local, regional or international markets. The effect on the ecosystem is little known, and the forests’ resilience is badly understod. Palms are the most useful group of plants in tropical American forests and we will study the effect of extraction and trade of palms on forest in the western Amazon, the Andes and the Pacific lowlands. We will determine the size of the resource by making palm community studies in the different forest formations and determine the number of species and individuals of all palm species. The genetic structure of useful palm species will be studied to determine how much harvesting of the species contributes to genetic erosion of its populations, and whether extraction can be made without harm. We then determine how much palms are used for subsistence purposes by carrying out quantitative, ethnobotanical research in different forest types and then we study trade patterns for palm products from local markets to markets which involve export to other countries and continents. Palm populations are managed in various ways from sustainable ones to destructive harvesting; we will study different ways in which palms are managed and propose sustainable methods to local farmers, local governments, NGOs and other interested parties. Finally we will study national level mechanism that governs extraction, trade and commercialization of palm products, to identify positive and negative policies in relation to resilience of ecosystems and use this to propose sustainable policies to the governments. The results will be diseminated in a variety of ways, depending on need and stake holders, from popular leaflets and videos for farmers, reports for policy makers to scientific publication for the research community. The team behind the proposal represents 10 universities and research institutions in Europe and northwestern South America.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/botany

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Denmark
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 039 670
Administrative Contact
Dennis Pedersen (Mr.)

Participants (12)

INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 228 000
Address
Boulevard De Dunkerque 44 Cs 90009
13572 Marseille
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ariel Crozon (Ms.)
FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 133 549,94
Address
Kaiserswerther Strasse 16-18
14195 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maximilian Weigend (Dr.)
ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS KEW
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 204 530
Address
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
TW93AB Richmond
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
George Sarkis (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDAD MAYOR DE SAN ANDRES
Bolivia
EU contribution
€ 214 325,10
Address
Avenida Villazon 1995, Monoblock Central
N/A La Paz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mónica Moraes R. (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL MAYOR DE SAN MARCOS
Peru
EU contribution
€ 243 000,30
Address
Avenida German Amezaga S/n, Edificio Jorge Basadre 4To Piso
LIMA 1 Lima
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Betty Millán Salazar (Prof.)
PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DEL ECUADOR
Ecuador
EU contribution
€ 378 675
Address
Av 12 De Octubre 1076 Y Patria
17012184 Quito
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Renato Valencia (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE COLOMBIA
Colombia
EU contribution
€ 343 999,20
Address
Carrera 30
N/A Bogota
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gloria Galeano (Dr.)
DANISH CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 38 400
Address
Strandgade 56
1401 Copenhagen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Helle Munk Ravnborg (Dr.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Participation ended

Spain
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Manuel J. Macía (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 256 080
Address
Calle Einstein 3 Ciudad Univ Cantoblanco Rectorado
28049 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ana Amigo (Ms.)
RHEINISCHE FRIEDRICH-WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAT BONN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 65 650,06
Address
Regina Pacis Weg 3
53113 Bonn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Daniela Hasenpusch (Ms.)
DANSK INSTITUT FOR INTERNATIONALE STUDIER
Denmark
Address
Ostbanegade 117
2100 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Annette Holm (Ms.)