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American Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development, Vol.3, No.3, Sep. 2018, Pub. Date: Aug. 6, 2018
Traditional Knowledge and Skills in Rural Bakongo Communities: A Case Study in the Uíge Province, Angola
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Authors
[01] Monizi Mawunu, Department of Agronomy, Kimpa Vita University, Uíge, Angola; Department of Biology, University of Kinshasa, Kinshasa, DR Congo; Botanical Garden, Kimpa Vita University, Uíge, Angola.
[02] Fernando Julio, Department of Agronomy, Kimpa Vita University, Uíge, Angola.
[03] Luyindula Ndiku, Department of Biotechnology and Molecular Genetics, General Atomic Energy Commissariat, Kinshasa, DR Congo.
[04] Koto-te-Nyiwa Ngbolua, Department of Biology, University of Kinshasa, Kinshasa, DR Congo.
[05] Christoph Neinhuis, Botanical Institute, Dresden Technical University, Dresden, Germany.
[06] Thea Lautenschläger, Botanical Institute, Dresden Technical University, Dresden, Germany.
[07] Félicien Lukoki Luyeye, Department of Biology, University of Kinshasa, Kinshasa, DR Congo.
[08] Heitor Manuel Timoteo, Department of Geography, Agostinho Neto University, Luanda, Angola.
Abstract
Scientific studies on the use of non-timber forest products in Angola and in particular in the Province of Uíge are still insufficient. This study presents the first results of traditional know-how based on forest products used in rural Bakongo communities of Uíge Province. The results obtained in this first scientific expedition show that these forest products are at the heart of life in rural areas and serve for multiple uses: artisanal fishing, construction of dwellings, manufacture of musical instruments, packaging and processing of food, manufacture of furniture, household utensils, etc. 65 plant and animal species of 55 genera and 24 families were documented of those 59 were identified and 6 remained unidentified. The most represented families are: Fabaceae (8 species), Poaceae (7 species), Arecaceae (6 species), Malvaceae possess 5 species; Euphorbiaceae and Marantaceae, each have 4 species.
Keywords
Valorization, Traditional Knowledge, Rural Communities, Bakongos, Uíge
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