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Harvesting Durians. Sopinggi Ladsou, mountain guide and enthusiastic community ethnobotanist, preparing fruits of Durio kinabaluensis, (Bombaceae) in the community forest reserve of Kampung Kiau Nuluh, Sabah, Malaysia.
Gary J. Martin

Lessons Learned

Case studies and general principles in applied ethnobotany

This section describes case studies in applied ethnobotany and associated lessons learned. Every situation is unique in detail (a vital lesson which we have learned from our endeavors). The methodology used in case studies should not be viewed as providing "cookbook recipes", but rather ideas for work which should always be carried out creatively and flexibly, with sensitivity to specific local circumstances.

However, we believe that there can be similarities in the challenges faced by different people in different places – hence, the section which follows after "case studies": general principles in applied ethnobotany. This section will be built up gradually as general lessons and principles emerge. Since to an extent all case studies can be viewed in different ways, and the lessons learned from them are open to personal opinion, case studies are all authored by those collaborating with the editorial team in the preparation of the texts.

Ethnobotanists who have worked in the respective projects are given credit within the text and through references.

Please send prospective contributions for this series editors: Yildiz Aumeeruddy -Thomas yildiz@isem.univ-montp2.fr or Alan Hamilton ahamilton@wwfnet.org

Preferably, prepare your submission based on the following structure: Title – Author(s) – Conservation and development issues – Conservation and development initiatives – Ethnobotanical contributions – Results to date – Future perspectives – Lessons learned – Further information (references, collaborators, institutions, etc.). Alternatively, you can send reports and papers, with a request to the editorial team to prepare the text.

The editorial team or invited contributors will author the section "General principles in applied ethnobotany".

Case Study
  1. Ecological footprint of the wooden rhino: depletion of hardwoods for the carving trade in Kenya by Anthony B. Cunningham
  2. People and Plants applied ethnobotany project at Ayubia National Park (ANP), Pakistan by Yildiz Aumeeruddy-Thomas
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