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Indigenous Bamboo and Resource Management in Kenya’s Aberdare Forests and Rural Communities

Version 1 : Received: 13 November 2020 / Approved: 16 November 2020 / Online: 16 November 2020 (11:43:12 CET)

How to cite: Sasahara, C.; Shibata, S. Indigenous Bamboo and Resource Management in Kenya’s Aberdare Forests and Rural Communities. Preprints 2020, 2020110415 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202011.0415.v1). Sasahara, C.; Shibata, S. Indigenous Bamboo and Resource Management in Kenya’s Aberdare Forests and Rural Communities. Preprints 2020, 2020110415 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202011.0415.v1).

Abstract

The Kenya Forestry Service permits rental of low-density national forest areas for use as common farmland, but public access to such areas is restricted to prevent deforestation against a background of rising demand for fuel wood. This study was conducted to clarify characteristics relating to the production of indigenous bamboo (a useful wood resource) by the approximately 23% of locals who work on common farmland in central Kenya’s Kamae forest management area, with estimation to determine above-ground biomass. The results showed that bamboo still represents 60% of such biomass, indicating sustainability in the industry.

Subject Areas

Bamboo; indigenous species; Kenya; AGB

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