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CONSERVATION OF SCREW PINE “PANDANUS” IN KERALA, NEED FOR REESTABLISHMENT OF COMMUNITY – RESOURCE LINK

Pandanus Pandnaus “Screw pine” is one of the Important “Keystone Plant”, next to bamboos & reeds, extensively used by the Coastal and Island people for their minor economic needs. The groves are regarded as one of the important “Vegetation” of the coasts and islands especially associated with human settlements. A study conducted among the 400 people in 100 households of Mathilakam and Kaipamangalam panchayaths of Thrissur district of central Kerala during 2012 revealed that about the 52% individuals take part in the process of Pandanus mat weaving one decade ago and was reduced to 18% today. Reduction in the demand of Pandanus mats and crafts due to its substitute with plastic products, destruction water bodies, depletion of Pandanus groves and diversity and depletion of the community – screwpine resource link are the major reasons.





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