Abstract

 

Accepted 25th February, 2017.

 

The rate at which majority of the floral diversity are going into extinction today in different parts of the world including rural African Communities ultimately calls for its sustenance through indigenous propagation and management. The objective of this study was to examine the indigenous eco-cultural approaches for the propagation and management of floral diversity in rural communities in Boki. In order to generate data on the various strategies for the propagation and management of floral diversity in the study area, three communities were selected for study. They include Borum, Kanyang and Isobendeghe. These three communities are located at the unprotected forest area of Boki since a greater part of the area is protected. Descriptive statistics was used in the analysis. The result of the analysis indicated various strategies for the propagation which included direct sowing, transplanting, suckers and cutting. The management strategies were seen to include restricting access to floral diversity, protecting seedlings, weeding, watering, coppicing and pruning. It was also discovered that weeding constituted the greatest management strategy as 60 respondents (40%) attested to this fact. The least management strategy was pruning as only 10 respondents (7%) used this approach to manage floral diversity. This study finally identified certain major challenges involved in the propagation and management of floral diversity, which include resources, land tenure, traditions and physical factors.

 

Keywords: Indigenous, Eco-cultural, Propagation, Management, Floral, Diversity, Communities