Translator Disclaimer
1 January 2004 Use and Availability of Craft Vines in the Influence Zone of the Biosphere Reserve Sian Ka'an, Quintana Roo, Mexico
M. M. Martínez-Romero, A. E. Castro-Ramírez, P. Macario, J. C. Fernández
Author Affiliations +
Abstract

Eleven species of vine, used in the elaboration of utensils and crafts, were identified and their populations were evaluated. The most demanded species are Plukenetia penninervia Muell. Arg., Cydista aequinoctialis Miers and Monstera deliciosa Liebm. In mature rainforest and in the different successional sites, the availability of usable vine was evaluated; problems of excessive harvest were disregarded. The preferred areas of harvest were the medium and late successional sites. Four types of producers were identified: collectors, collector-artisans, artisans and those who make utensils for personal use. Two basic models of resource destination were distinguished: self-consumption and commercialization. Market value was identified in the elaboration of ornamental crafts that usually represents an economic activity, while the making of utensils reflects the cultural and social value. The main elements of the commercial chain were identified, as well as the problems in order to achieve a fair commercialization.

M. M. Martínez-Romero, A. E. Castro-Ramírez, P. Macario, and J. C. Fernández "Use and Availability of Craft Vines in the Influence Zone of the Biosphere Reserve Sian Ka'an, Quintana Roo, Mexico," Economic Botany 58(1), 83-97, (1 January 2004). https://doi.org/10.1663/0013-0001(2004)058[0083:UAAOCV]2.0.CO;2
Received: 28 February 2000; Accepted: 1 September 2003; Published: 1 January 2004