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The Nature and Culture of RattanReflections on Vanishing Life in the Forests of Southeast Asia$
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Stephen F. Siebert

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835361

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835361.001.0001

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Forest Communities and Rattan Management

Forest Communities and Rattan Management

(p.31) Chapter 4 Forest Communities and Rattan Management
The Nature and Culture of Rattan

Stephen F. Siebert

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on rattan management in forest communities in Southeast Asia. Cultures that have lived near or farmed and collected in forests for centuries have the richest rattan knowledge and traditions, as well as the most extensive uses. Households residing in or near forests typically collect and utilize a large number of rattans and other nontimber forest products (NTFPs). They also often possess extremely rich, detailed, and precise taxonomies of flora, fauna, and even soils. In the case of rattan species, however, vernacular names cannot be relied upon for correct identification. This chapter considers community-based management of rattan and other NTFP resources compared with intensive timber harvesting and the conversion of forests to agricultural plantations. It cites examples of community-based forest management practices among many cultural groups in Southeast Asia, including the Ifugao of the Philippines, the Karen of Thailand, Hmong of Laos, and Hani of southwestern China.

Keywords:   rattan management, forest communities, Southeast Asia, forests, rattan, nontimber forest products, taxonomies, timber harvesting, forest management, Ifugao

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