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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 217-234

Artisanal Non-Timber Forest Products in Darien Province, Panama: The Importance of Context

1 Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, 205 Prospect Street, New Haven CT 06511, USA.
2 University of Panama, Urbanizacion El Cangrejo, Panama.
3 Maritime Service of Panama.

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Non-timber forest products (NTFP) have been frequently studied as a means to conserve forests and provide income to user communities. Studies on NTFP have often been restricted to a single species, year and human user community. However, a number of recent studies are challenging these simplifications. Here, we examine a suite of artisanal NTFP that are of increasing economic importance to Wounaan and Embera households in Panama. Artisans make carvings from seeds of a tagua palm (Phytelephas seemannii) and the wood of cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa), and weave baskets from the fibres of the chunga palm (Astrocaryum standleyanum). We studied the ecology and socio-economics of these resources between 1997 and 2001, and here consider ecological, spatio-temporal, and socio-political vari­ables in the use of these artisanal NTFP. Our methods included the establishment of long-term demographic plots of P. seemannii, natural history observations, participant observation of harvest and semi-structured interviews of artisans and vendors. Our results indicate that the ecological effects of harvesting are vastly different for each species, but so too are spatial, temporal, social and political variables. We conclude by illustrating how contextualising the differences among these three NTFPs leads to answers of questions we did not ask, but also is more relevant to resource users, managers and policy makers.

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Runk J V, Mepaquito P, Pena F. Artisanal Non-Timber Forest Products in Darien Province, Panama: The Importance of Context. Conservat Soc 2004;2:217-34

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   Introduction Top

PEOPLE HAVE LONG harvested non-timber forest products (NTFP) in order to obtain useful materials, such as resins, fruits, fibres, latexes and nuts. In the last several decades, NTFP have been popularised by the idea that local human populations can harvest certain NTFP with relatively little ecological impact (Arnold and Townson 1998; Freese 1998; Godoy and Bawa 1993; Nepstad and Schwartzman 1992; Peters 1996; Schroder 1998) although a growing number of studies have challenged that assertion (Arnold et al. 2001; Crook and Clapp 1998; Peres et al. 2003; Peters et al. 1987; Peters et al. 2003; Shankar et al. 1996; Velasquez Runk 1998, 2001b; Walter 1998). Mirroring overall trends in ecology (Botkin 1990; Thompson et al. 2001), recent NTFP research has moved beyond a tendency to focus on a single species, a single population, a single year of research or even a single human user community by also considering spatial, temporal and socio­political variables of NTFP harvest, use and management. Recent ecological NTFP work has considered spatial variables such as distribution of multiple NTFP (Gould et al. 1998; Marshall and Newton 2003; Murrall et al. 1996; Salafsky et al. 1993; Straede et al. 2002), differential NTFP distribution across land cover and/or man­agement types (Dalle et al. 2002; Miller 2002; Svenning and Marcia 2002; Ticktin and Johns 2002; Velasquez Runk 1998) and varying NTFP use and management by spatially distinct resource users (Evans and Sengdala 2002; Peres et al. 2003; Vasquez and Gentry 1989) as well as temporal variables such as intra- and/or inter-annual NTFP growth and yield (Anderson and Putz 2002; Bhat et al. 2003; Sinha and Bawa 2002; Ticktin et al. 2003), histories of NTFP use (Cunningham 2001; Dovie 2003; Peters et al. 2003), and changing resource management and/ or policies (Dugelby 1998; Stewart 2003). This literature is accompanied by grow­ing recognition of social and political variables in NTFP use and management (Dovie 2003; Marshall and Newton 2003; Stewart 2003). The incorporation of spatio-temporal and socio-political considerations in NTFP studies, in addition to ecological considerations, allows communities, researchers and managers a more complete view of NTFP and how they fit into complex biophysical, historical and cultural landscapes that are relevant for sustainability and management. Here, we add to these literatures by examining a suite artisanal NTFP, tagua (Phytelephas seemannii) seeds used for carvings, cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa) wood used for carvings and chunga (Astrocaryum standleyanum) fibres used for basket making by Wounaan and Embera communities to craft art marketed in eastern Panama. We use our experiences to illustrate how expanding our research to incorporate spatio-temporal and socio-political considerations with ecological ones allowed us to more fully understand these resources and how they might be better managed.

   Methods Top

From January 1997 to December 2001 we studied the ecology and socio-economics of three artisanal non-timber forest products of eastern Panama, primarily in Darien province [Figure 1]. The Darien province of Panama is considered part of the Darien/Choco biogeographic region, which extends from eastern Panama into northern Ecuador, and is characterised by floral and faunal assemblages of North and South American origin (Dinerstein et al. 1995; Gentry 1986; Stattersfield et al. 1998). The area is characterised by lowland tropical moist forest, and is the most extensively forested province of Panama. Lowland eastern Panama has a distinct dry season from December to April with annual rainfall of 2,000-2,500 mm and temperatures averaging 27° C (Instituto Geografico Nacional Tommy Guardia 2003). In addition to sharing a similar biogeography, Panama's Darien province and Colombia's Choco department are also both home to Wounaan and Embera communities.

Wounaan and Embera indigenous peoples were historically considered one group, the Choco. In the late 1700s, Embera (also known as Empera, Epera or Empena) and later Wounaan (also known as Waunana, Noanama or Nonama) began moving from Colombia into Panama (Herlihy 1986). The groups speak mutually unintelligible languages (Embera bedea and Wounmeu respectively), but they have historically intermarried to a limited degree. Anthropologists consider them to have very similar, yet distinct, cultures, cosmologies and material culture (Reichel-Dolmatoff 1960, 1962; Tayler 1996; Wassen 1935). Approximately 7,000 Wounaan and 22,000 Embera live in Panama, mostly in Darien (Direccion de Estadistica y Censo 2001). Virtually all Wounaan and Embera live off of agriculture, fishing, ecotourism and art from NTFP.

We initiated fieldwork by travelling throughout Darien province to assess resource distribution and use. As a result of this initial work, we signed formal agreements with Embera and Wounaan indigenous leadership to carry out research on their land and in their communities, both inside and outside indigenous reserva­tions (comarcas), and we also obtained village approval for all research. In 1997 we established three permanent demography and yield plots of 50×50 m at two sites, Antadocito and Cerro Sapo, with high densities of P. seemannii. We measured adult palms throughout the plots, and juveniles and seeds in nested sub-plots totalling 100 m 2 of each plot. Throughout 1997 and 1998 local assistants helped us to measure leaf, flower and fruit phenology of adult palms every three months in one site. These data were combined with annual measurements from 1997 to 2001 of adult and sub-adult palm stem height, leaf number, length of largest leaf, number of pinnae of largest leaf, inflorescence number, infructescence number, number of fruit per infructescence, foliar coverage, and light level in both sites. Juvenile recruitment was tallied annually and juvenile leaf number, length of largest leaf and number of pinnae, as well as seed number and viability (as assessed by seed weight) were recorded. Palms and seeds were marked with paint and we changed paint colours with each census to best track growth. These ecological data were complemented with GPS points on P. seemannii distribution throughout the province and differentially corrected with a base station. In 1998 we inter­planted 125 seedlings of P. seemannii and 150 seedlings of Dalbergia retusa at approximately 3×3 m in community gardens with the villages of La Chunga and Arimae. In the village of Puerto Lara we also included 260 seedlings of A. standle­yanum, and in the village of Mogue, seedlings were given to each household to plant within their landholdings. Tree height and leaf growth data were taken on these sites in 1999 and 2000, and fire prevented additional data collection in all but the Arimae site where data were last recorded in 2003. Additional ecological data on D. retusa and A. standleyanum were largely obtained by natural history observations, literature review and expert informant interviews as the sparse distribution of D. retusa and initial funding that excluded A. standleyanum limited field activities.

Information on harvest, processing and art elaboration was obtained via parti­cipant observation and semi-structured interviews. We selected villages based on artisanal reputation (which we backed up with site visits) and safety, as some villages were in politically unstable areas. We worked in the villages of La Chunga (75 per cent of households interviewed), Puerto Lara (74 per cent of households interviewed) and Mogue (47 per cent of households interviewed), with additional observations from the village of Arimae [Figure 2]. La Chunga and Mogue are largely composed of Embera, and Puerto Lara and Arimae are largely Wounaan. In each village informal interviews were conducted in Spanish with translation into Wounmeu (by F. Pefia or P. Mepaquito) or into Embera bedea as necessary. Additional information was obtained from the Direccion General de Artesanias Nacionales 1995 census of 1,510 Darien artisans. We also conducted semi­structured interviews on history of art production and art sales with artisans, vendors, scientists and other local experts in Panama City, and have made additional observations on artisanal NTFP resource use during 2002 and 2003.

   Results Top


Tagua (Phytelephas seemannii) is a dioecious, decumbent, short, understorey palm distributed throughout the lower slopes of eastern Panama [Figure 2]. Tagua occurs in dense stands, known as taguales, with 270 to 400 adult palms per ha with a ratio of 1:1 male to female palms. Initial data analyses indicated significantly higher leaf and inflorescence production rates for male palms than female palms (p < 0.05). There was also inter-annual variation of leaf productivity in both male and female palms, and inter-annual variation of infructescence productivity in female palms, but these data require additional analyses with environmental data, particularly in light of the 1997-98 El Nifio year. Female palms have an average of four infructescences with thirty seeds per infructescence. Tagua infructescences have a long maturation time, from three to five years, and seeds are collected when the infructescence breaks open and the seeds fall to the ground.

We found that the taguales of eastern Panama are largely unharvested, with a superficial seedbank of 4,425 to 5,250 viable seeds per ha. These taguales are largely uncollected because the preferred tagua seeds come from what appears to be a different subspecies of tagua, with larger, rounder seeds [Figure 3], tall, erect stems with distinct nodes, and curled tepals on the pistillate inflorescence (Velasquez Runk 2001a). According to local residents and artisans these larger­seeded palms have a more restricted distribution near the continental divide of eastern Panama. Due to political instability in that area, we were only able to visit one tagual of the larger-seeded palm where few seeds were found. Given that this larger-seeded palm is heavily favoured by artisans, but appears to have a restricted range, it is quite likely that harvest of seeds is unsustainable. However, political instability in the region prevented us from further examining the demography, growth, yield and harvest effects of this population. In the four communities, we planted tagua seedlings from the common, small-seeded palm and found that mortality across the four communities was quite high at 45 per cent [Table 1]. Community members attributed this high mortality to a beetle consuming the palms' cotyledonary petiole.

Processing tagua seeds is straightforward, requiring only the removal of the shell-like endocarp and, frequently, softening the ivory-coloured endosperm by soaking in water. Carving differed markedly in the three villages, as did access to the resource [Table 2]. For example, in Puerto Lara about half the households had at least one carver, yet travel time to collect the seeds averaged five hours; as a re­sult, 75 per cent of carvers purchased seeds. These results reflect not only the lack of resource availability near Puerto Lara, as the community is in a heavily defor­ested area, but also the relevance of ethnicity. Puerto Lara is almost entirely Wounaan, and using tagua as a carving medium was suggested by a scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Dalling et al. 1996; Velasquez Runk 2000) who worked with Wounaan carvers to foster the art in the 1980s. Indeed, Panama City vendors note that approximately 90 per cent of commercial carvers are Wounaan. Our analysis of the 1995 artisanal census data indicated that Wounaan have significantly higher annual production of art than Embera (p = 0.001) and specifically higher production of tagua carvings and basketry (p = 0.001). Carving can be quite lucrative, particularly to these city-based carvers who may earn up to US$ 50 per day by using electric Dremmel tools TM [Figure 2]. Carvers based in eastern Panama, however, use only knives or small chisels in their work, earning them $2 per day in an area where the daily wage is $5. Although rural carvers earn much less than urban carvers, the former note that this income is quite im­portant especially as it allows them to work comfortably out of their homes rather than in laborious agricultural activities. Carvers typically paint pieces with Indian inks, which they usually obtain by trading finished pieces with vendors.

Tagua seeds were exported from Panama, mostly from the Caribbean slope (Howe 1998), in the late 1800s and 1900s for buttons and toys (Dalling et al. 1996; Howe 1998), and in 1920 raw tagua nut export from Panama exceeded timber exports (Ewing and Murray 1922). The tagua carving market stems from the 1980s efforts described above, and the market expanded rapidly in the 1990s, but by 2000 there was a glut of carvings on the market and consumer interest began to return to cocobolo carvings.


Cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa) is a relatively slow-growing tropical rosewood, sparsely distributed throughout old-growth forests of Panama's Pacific slope [Figure 4]. In eastern Panama there is little natural regeneration of cocobolo and local residents were largely unfamiliar with seedlings of the species, although we found it to germinate readily ex situ. We found few mature trees for study, yet did note that the species has inter-annual fruiting. The wood has been commercially harvested in the region for at least 100 years (Goldman 1920; Pittier 1922; Record and Garratt 1923), chiefly for use as knife handles, and in 1917 Panama exported 2.6 million kg of cocobolo (Record and Garratt 1923). This history of harvest combined with artisanal harvest and cocobolo's distribution have made this a scarce resource. Cocobolo also is the most frequently used dye plant for chunga fibres, as the shavings and sawdust are used to create colours ranging from light brown to black (Velasquez Runk 2001b). Cocobolo fared well when planted, having an overall survivorship of 67 per cent [Table 1]. Cocobolo trees produced multiple stems through basal branching, yet grew fairly quickly with average heights of over 2 m after two years.

Cocobolo is often harvested from downed trees, including roots, because the wood is extremely resistant to decay since it contains a natural fungicide ( Bultman and Parrish 1979; Bultman and Southwell 1976). Nonetheless, standing trees are also felled for artisanal use and interviews revealed that at least 50 per cent of cocobolo extraction was via destructive harvest. Several carvers may share trees, aiding each other in the felling and dividing up the wood amongst themselves. Harvesters' preferences vary for locally recognised shades of yellowish, reddish and black wood, the latter from roots. Cocobolo is typically removed from harvest sites in pieces up to a metre in length, as larger pieces are too heavy to carry. Our results [Table 2] indicated more cocobolo artisans in the towns of La Chunga and Mogue than in Puerto Lara, which may reflect a longer history of commercial carving among Embera or an effect of resource scarcity in Puerto Lara, or both. Travel time to harvest cocobolo averaged five hours from Puerto Lara, and all carvers here purchased cocobolo.

Carvers use chisels and knives to work the wood [Figure 4]. There is no proces­sing of the wood, with the exception of allergic carvers who keep the near-finished carvings in water prior to sanding in order to keep sawdust levels low. Cocobolo carvers are typically male and a master cocobolo carver can earn US$ 5 to 30 per day using knives and chisels. The great majority of master cocobolo artisans live in the community of Maje, in Panama province. Embera and Wounaan have carved cocobolo commercially for about thirty years, although they have a long tradition of carving shamanic curing staffs and household implements from the wood. In the late 1990s cocobolo carvings lost market share to tagua carvings, attributed to the much smaller size and weight of tagua. Yet, in 2002, the cocobolo market began to increase again.


Chunga (Astrocaryum standleyanum) is a solitary, sub-canopy palm reaching 15 m in height [Figure 5]. The palm is heavily armed, most notably on the stem, which has flattened spines that may reach 20 cm in length. Chunga is distributed through­out the lowland areas of eastern Panama and its relative abundance in unexploited areas may be similar to that of central Panama's Barro Colorado Island, where it was the most frequently occurring stem in the 50 ha plot (Condit, personal com­munication). We planted chunga only in the village of Puerto Lara and after two years there was a 67 per cent survival.

The palm is destructively harvested by felling, usually by men, although only the spear leaf and frequently the first expanded leaf are used. As with all harvests, Wounaan and Embera only gather chunga with the waning moon as they believe this insures the strength of the fibres (Gallego Castillo 1995; Reichel-Dolmatoff 1960; Velasquez Runk 2001b). However, in the past several years the need for fibres has meant that Wounaan and Embera purchase them, although do not gather them, from mestizo vendors during any phase of the moon. In our research villages chunga harvesters typically sought their own resources with the exception of Puerto Lara, where 75 per cent of weaving households purchase chunga [Table 2].

Although men frequently harvest chunga, women typically process and use the fibres, and fibre processing is markedly more labour intensive than processing tagua or cocobolo. Sitting down, a weaver folds a pinna at the midrib, wraps the distal end of the pinna around her toe, and fully extends the pinna towards her with one hand. Then, with her other hand, she makes a clean cut to the proximal end of one side of a pinna and carefully peels away the upper epidermis and mesophyll along the entire length of the lamina. She repeats this for the second side of the pinna. Once the fibres are removed from all of the spear leaf pinnae, she soaks them overnight in soapy water to lighten the colour. Then she places them to dry and bleach further in the sun. The pinnae from the expanded leaf are not as flexible and they are more difficult to separate into fibre than the unopened spear leaf (Velasquez Runk 2001b). Also, because fibres from the expanded leaf are darker and do not whiten, they are dyed or, rarely, used as light green fibres. Weavers also harvest and prepare the foundation fibres from naguala (Carludovica palmata) and sew the chunga fibres around coils of naguala (ibid.).

After reviewing the number of baskets for sale in Panama City stores and estimat­ing basket turnover, we estimate that 16,000 palms are harvested per year for baskets (ibid.), and, clearly, this is an unsustainable trend. Harvest has caused the local extirpation of chunga near a number of communities of eastern Panama. Chunga weavers earn US$ 0.50 to US$ 16 per day. This has become an important source of cash for women, and in our research villages 96 to 100 per cent of women wove chunga baskets for commercial sale [Table 2]. Chunga fibres have long been used in shamanic ceremonies and to tie loincloths. Commercial weaving stems from a tradition of using the chunga fibres for household baskets. Fine chunga baskets have a strong market among international basket collectors and a large basket can cost several thousand US dollars. Vendors note that 90 per cent of fine weavers are Wounaan.

   Discussion Top

Embera and Wounaan artisanal NTFP are an important suite of species for manage­ment. Our initial project plans, however, conceptually lumped these NTFP together without much consideration of variations among them. Our research illustrates the many differences among these artisanal NTFP and suggests that explicit incor­poration of such variables will only improve their management.

A combination of differing plant parts used and harvesting regimes result in distinct ecological effects of NTFP use. In the case of tagua the propagule is har­vested; in chunga the entire palm is destructively harvested for just one or two leaves; and in cocobolo the wood may be harvested from downed individuals or may be destructively harvested. As a result, the common tagua appears to be sus­tainably used (based on the larger number of seeds observed in the superficial soil seed bank), but the large-seeded palm appears to be unsustainably used. Coco­bolo use may be sustainable, but will become more unsustainable as new trees are felled to meet demand. Chunga use is clearly unsustainable as thousands of palms are felled annually to meet local needs. From a management perspective, then, these three NTFP require vastly different management strategies based on differing harvest regimes.

In addition to these distinct harvest regimes, there are also spatial considerations of distribution, habitat type and spatially distinct resource users to take into account for management of these NTFP as a suite. Most notably, although these NTFP are found within the landscape of eastern Panama, they have different distributions and habitats. Tagua is found on low slopes, cocobolo only in the Pacific slope's remaining mature forests, and chunga throughout the lowlands [Figure 6]. Manage­ment of tagua is more complex because the preferred tagua, which may be a distinct subspecies, appears restricted to a much more limited geographic area than the more commonly occurring tagua palm [Figure 6]. In addition, it is not simply natural distribution that has an impact species use. As we found for scarce resources of tagua, cocobolo and chunga in Puerto Lara, artisanal communities near the Pan-American highway obtain their raw materials from outside their com­munities, indicating the degradation of the forests near the highway [Figure 7]. An additional spatial consideration is that not all communities are equally reliant on art as a source of income. Most Wounaan communities and other communities on established ecotourism routes are more reliant on art income and, therefore, exert greater pressure on their artisanal resources. Nonetheless, other non-artisanal communities may supply artisanal materials, and in the case of chunga, for ex­ample, we have witnessed villages up to ten hours away by boat supplying fibre to artisanal villages.

Temporal considerations, such as intra- or inter-annual NTFP growth and yield, histories of NTFP use, and changing resource management and/or use policies, also need to be taken into account when managing these three non-timber forest species. We found that individuals of both tagua and cocobolo exhibited inter­annual variation in fruiting. It is not known whether variation in fruiting is cor­related with environmental variation, including El Nifio Southern Oscillation (Condit et al. 2004; Wright et al. 1999). Moreover, the use of these resources has changed over time. For example, a century ago, cocobolo was harvested for timber rather than for artisanal purposes and current distributions of that tree may more accurately reflect patterns of historic use than natural distribution. Over the past two decades people living in Darien have changed their use of resources as a result of the increased access to markets from the extension of the Pan-American highway into the region in the 1980s.

Regardless of changing resource use, the current and historic importance of timber extraction in the region (ANAM et al. 2001; Romero et al. 1999; Torrealba 1996) has served to minimise government resource managers' knowledge of non­timber resources as well as the recognition of the important role they play in in­come generation for local communities. As a result, government resource managers frequently view forest resources as the domain of foresters and concessionaires- often from outside the region-rather than of local communities. Although interest in the region's timber resources has yet to wane, interest in establishing protected areas for the use and management of NTFP as well as the management of those areas by indigenous communities are subject to temporal changes in government. Given changes in resource availability and governmental perceptions of forest, indigenous leaders have elected to focus on ensuring tenure to their land before focusing on resource management efforts.

It is important to note that spatial and temporal variables might also be related to social and political variables important to NTFP management. Our research demonstrated ethnic differences in NTFP artisanal use and production. Although initial plans were to work with both Embera and Wounaan, given greater artisanal production by the Wounaan, NTFP management activities might best be initiated with this ethnic group. Interestingly, however, because Embera are 22,000 people to Wounaan's 7,000, the voice of the minority group is less likely to be heard when planning such management activities with joint indigenous leadership organisations.

As scientists, we often reduce our research to a discrete, manageable question. However, a research question that is feasible given our own time and financial constraints may not be the right question for the resources we seek to manage. Indeed, such questions may lead to wrong answers. For example, if we record data in a year of exceptionally high fruiting, but only for a year, our management prescription will be incorrect. If we study a single NTFP population rather than sampling across a meta-population, we risk making assumptions that may not hold true for other populations. If we work with a particular resource user group and gather data via interviews, we might miss important behavioural data that contradicts self-reports. And if we fail to consider power relations that may be relevant to natural resource policies, our policy recommendations will never be brought to the table. By failing to contextualise our research, we may indeed jeopardise the novel knowledge our work advances.

   Conclusions Top

The use of multiple artisanal non-timber forest products by Wounaan and Embera communities provides a valuable case study of the importance of ecological, spatial, temporal, social and political variables in the management of non-timber resources. We believe that consciously broadening research efforts to assess these variables allows not only a more realistic and complex view of NTFP, but also a more accurate one that enables communities and environmental managers to better plan for sustainable resource use. Though difficult, failure to incorporate consider­ations of temporal changes, spatial variation, social difference and larger power relations into NTFP research may lead to inappropriate management recom­mendations and results that are of limited utility to users, and may call into question the idea of sustainability (Lele and Norgaard 1996).

Acknowledgements: We appreciate the helpful support of the indigenous leadership of the Congreso General de Tierras Colectivas Embera, Wounaan, and Congreso General Embera, Wounaan. We are indebted to the harvesters and artisans of Darien and Panama provinces, especially those from the communities of La Chunga, Puerto Lara, Mogue and Arimae, for sharing their know­ledge and art with us. We also thank vendors and buyers for their time explaining their involve­ment with carvings and baskets. We are grateful for the assistance of Sergio Achito, Silco Achito, Evaristo Achito, Climaco Bonilla, Alonso Dogirama, Camilo Grillo, Nestor Marin, Manuel Rodes and Jose Solis. Thanks also to Rodrigo Bernal, Edmundo Bermudes, Ron Binder, Kathy Binder, Carol Carpenter, Jorge Ceballos, Jim Dalling, Carmen Galdames, Bil Grauel, Bill Harp, Susan Harp, Stanley Heckadon-Moreno, Andrew Henderson, Ben Howe, Olga Linares, Leopoldo Leon, Charles Peters, Fernando Santos-Granero, John Tuxill and Mark Wishnie. Michael Dove, Charles Peters, Mark Wishnie and two anonymous reviewers are thanked for their comments on the manuscript. Research was carried out with the Proyecto Manejo de Cativales y Productos No Maderables con Comunidades Campesinos e Indigenas de Darien, a joint project of Panama's National Environmental Authority and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute funded by the International Tropical Timber Organisation. Subsequent research was carried out with support to JVR with a short-term fellowship from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the International Palm Society. Maps printed from SIG Republic 250k, © Copyright, 2002, EoN Systems, SA. All rights reserved.[63]

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