University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822-2279, USA
Ministry of Conservation, Environment and Forestry, Honiara, Solomon Islands
The island of Lauru in the Western Solomon Islands has been selected as one of the primary research sites for the southern PABITRA transect. Efforts in 1998-99 have led to the establishment of two research stations on the north and south sides of the island as part of a proposed network of stations throughout the island. Training of Lauruan parataxonomists and ethnobotanical surveyors was begun in 1999 based in part upon prior training provided by the Plants and People Initiative, World Wildlife Fund, the South Pacific Regional Environment Program and Appropriate Technology for Community and Environment. Preliminary vegetation analysis was conducted by the Lauruan trainees that has led to development of a classification of land usage areas/vegetation zones that is consistent with both scientific and traditional perspectives. The parataxonomist training methods, land usage system, and overall plans for establishment of an island-wide conservation network will be discussed.
Abstract from: 43rd Symposium of the International Association for Vegetation Science, July 23-28, 2000, Nagano, Japan.
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