Understanding the effects of the invasive plants on rural forest-dependent communities

Rai, Rajesh K. and Scarborough, Helen 2015, Understanding the effects of the invasive plants on rural forest-dependent communities, Small-scale forestry, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 59-72, doi: 10.1007/s11842-014-9273-7.

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Title Understanding the effects of the invasive plants on rural forest-dependent communities
Author(s) Rai, Rajesh K.
Scarborough, HelenORCID iD for Scarborough, Helen orcid.org/0000-0002-0562-1987
Journal name Small-scale forestry
Volume number 14
Issue number 1
Start page 59
End page 72
Total pages 14
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2015-03
ISSN 1873-7617
Keyword(s) Mikania micrantha
Mode of transportation
Non-woody plants
Rural livelihoods
Summary Most of the studies on invasive species are disproportionately focused on their ecological effects and more investigations are needed to understand the effects of invasive plants on rural livelihoods. This study assesses the effects of the invasion of Mikania micrantha-an invasive vine-on the livelihoods of the buffer zone community forest users of Chitwan National Park, Nepal. In this study, the invasive plants are categorized based on their life-form (woody and non-woody) and mode of introduction (accidental or deliberate). The focus is on accidentally transported non-woody species. A household survey revealed that the invasion disproportionately affects the livelihoods of forest-dependent households. In addition, the livelihood effects of invasive plants are particularly determined by the suitability of the invasive plants to produce locally important forest products. © 2014 Steve Harrison, John Herbohn.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s11842-014-9273-7
Field of Research 140201 Agricultural Economics
Socio Economic Objective 970114 Expanding Knowledge in Economics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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