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Resource demand estimates for sustainable forest management: Mngazana Mangrove Forest, South Africa

C. H. Traynor, T. R. Hill
Bothalia | Vol 38, No 1 | a274 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v38i1.274 | © 2008 C. H. Traynor, T. R. Hill | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 August 2008 | Published: 14 August 2008

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C. H. Traynor, Discipline of Geography, School of Environmental Sciences., South Africa
T. R. Hill, Corresponding author., South Africa

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Abstract

Since democratization in 1994, South African forest policies have promoted sustainable forest management. However, implementation has been problematic due to limited information concerning forest product utilization. This paper investigates and quantifies timber use from the Mngazana Mangrove Forest. Eastern Cape Province. South Africa. Three local communities utilize stems of the mangrove species Rhizophora mucronata Lam. and Bruguiera gymnorrhiza (L.) Lam. for building construction. There were two distinct building shapes, circular and rectangular. On average. 155 stems were used for circular buildings and 378 stems for rectangular buildings. Most buildings were constructed using mangroves as well as indigenous timber from coastal scarp forests. The proportion of mangrove stems in buildings varied from 0 to 95%. The annual demand for mangroves was estimated to be 18 400 stems. Due to the high annual demand, projected human population growth rates have a minor influence upon future demand values. For effective sustainable forest management, the standing stock at Mngazana should be restricted to the two mangrove species utilized for building construction, and a forest inventory performed so that demand for building can be compared to supply.


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<i>Bruguiera</i> <i>gymnorrhiza</i> (L.) Lam., construction timber. Eastern Cape; forest product utilization; mangroves. <i>Rhizophora</i> <i>mucronata</i> Lam.; rural building styles; sustainable forest management

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