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An evaluation of farmers' experiences planting native trees in rural Panama: implications for reforestation with native species in agricultural landscapes

Literature: Journal Articles

Garen, E.J., Saltonstall, K., Slusser, J.L., Mathias, S., Ashton, M.S. & Hall, J.S. 2009, "An evaluation of farmers' experiences planting native trees in rural Panama: implications for reforestation with native species in agricultural landscapes", Agroforestry Systems, vol. 76, no. 1, pp. 219-236.

Contact Info

Corresponding Author: , HallJe@si.edu

Affiliations

  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS) Apartado 0843-03092 Balboa, Ancón Republic of Panama
  • United States Peace Corps, Panamá American Embassy Edif. 104, 1er piso, Ciudad del Saber Clayton Republic of Panama
  • Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies 360 Prospect Street New Haven CT 06511 USA

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Species Info

  • Pachira quinata
  • Cedrela odorata
  • Tabaebuia rosea
  • Samanea saman
  • Cordia alliodora
  • Swietenia macrophylla
  • Anacardium excelsium

Description

  • Farmers were able to particpate in PRORENA supported reforestation projects in two regions of Panama.
  • The Rio Hato region is poorer, with less education, and smaller landholdings than the Los Santos Region which had cattle grazing as an important land-use.
  • Unlike what was expected many farmers with small landholdings were excited about tree planting and want to plant again.
  • Also, the reasons for engaging in planting were primarily environmental - concern for the current soil, water, and climate situations and the belief that trees would mitigate those problems.
  • These findings go against the commonly held ideas that only farmers with large landholdings and with the goals of timber production want to engage in reforestation.

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Geographical Region

  • Southern Central America
  • Country

  • Panama
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