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Analysing ethnobotanical and fishery-related importance of mangroves of the East-Godavari Delta (Andhra Pradesh, India) for conservation and management purposes

Dahdouh-Guebas F., Collin S., Lo Seen D., Ronnback P., Depommier D., Ravishankar T., Koedam N.. 2006. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, 2 (4) : p. 1-22.

DOI: 10.1186/1746-4269-2-24

Mangrove forests, though essentially common and wide-spread, are highly threatened. Local societies along with their knowledge about the mangrove also are endangered, while they are still underrepresented as scientific research topics. With the present study we document local utilization patterns, and perception of ecosystem change. We illustrate how information generated by ethnobiological research can be used to strengthen the management of the ecosystem. This study was conducted in the Godavari mangrove forest located in the East-Godavari District of the state Andhra Pradesh in India, where mangroves have been degrading due to over-exploitation, extensive development of aquaculture, and pollution from rural and urbanized areas (Kakinada).

Mots-clés : mangrove; dégradation de l'environnement; Éthnobotanique; sciences médicales; pêches; Écosystème; conservation des ressources; gestion des ressources; enquête; avicennia; sous-produit; bois; substance toxique; fourrage; Écorce; politique agricole; politique de développement; changement structurel; inde; bois de construction; bois de feu

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