Economic Botany

, Volume 55, Issue 1, pp 63–71 | Cite as

Mapping palm extractivism in Ecuador using pair-wise comparisons and bioclimatic modeling

  • Henrik Borgtoft PedersenEmail author
  • Flemming SkovEmail author


The native palm flora of Ecuador consists of 129 taxa, including at least 69 species used by rural people, 19 of which are exploited commercially. This paper integrates bioclimatic modeling of palm distribution and quantitative ranking through pair-wise comparisons of species as a tool to evaluate and map the importance of 14 taxa of commercially exploited palms in Ecuador based on criteria of harvest values, sustainability, vegetation cover and population density. The ranking procedure could find broad application within ethnobotany and economic botany. Results show that extraction of palm products, economically speaking, is most important in the heavily deforested and populated coastal lowland.

Key Words

palms Ecuador extractivism pair-wise comparisons bioclimatic modeling 


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© The New York Botanical Garden Press 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Environmental Research Institute, Dept. of Landscape EcologyRøndeDenmark

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