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Gebrehiwot, K., Muys, B., Haile, M., & Mitloehner, R. (2003). Introducing boswellia papyrifera (del.) hochst and its non-timber forest product, frankincense. International Forestry Review, 5(4), 348–353. 
Resource type: Journal Article
DOI: 10.1505/IFOR.5.4.348.22661
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 14655489
BibTeX citation key: Gebrehiwot2003
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Categories: General
Keywords: Boswellia papyrifera, Ethiopia, Frankincense, Non-timber forest products
Creators: Gebrehiwot, Haile, Mitloehner, Muys
Collection: International Forestry Review
Boswellia papyrifera has been an important multipurpose tree species in central and eastern Africa since ancient times. The species is best known for its non-timber forest product, frankincense. In addition, it has numerous environmental, socio-economic, traditional and industrial uses. However, the species is declining at an alarming rate and thus needs priority in conservation. Populations are facing degradation due to agricultural expansion, overgrazing, fire, poor incense harvesting practices, shifting cultivation, termite and other infestations and urgent conservation measures are required to save the species. Conservation strategies could include promotion of natural regeneration through closed areas and enrichment planting. Nevertheless, more ecological and silvicultural studies are required in order to streamline specific interventions.