Relearning traditional knowledge to achieve sustainability: honey gathering in the miombo woodlands of northern Mozambique

Mozambique’s Niassa Reserve contains Africa’s best preserved miombo woodlands. Half of the households there gather wild honey from natural hives for consumption and income. However, most collectors used destructive techniques: setting fire to the grasses under the hive tree to create smoke and then felling the tree. Cutting trees to obtain honey was the principal source of tree mortality. Trees grow very slowly, about 0.25 cm diameter [dbh]/yr, meaning an average hive tree was nearly 200 years old. Furthermore, of the trees > 20 cm dbh of species important for nectar and hives, only about 15% had cavities.

- Niassa


- Inglês

- Nenhuma restrição

- Biodiversidade Florestal

- Artigo com revisão pelos pares e teses universitárias

- Conhecimento Tradicional, Inovações e Práticas;
- Uso Comunitário da Biodiversidade

- Reserva Nacional do Niassa