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Bamboo and Agarwood resource mapping in Non-Forest Areas and its associated industry of Assam

GICIA India Pvt. Ltd. has conducted detailed inventory analysis of agarwood spp. and bamboo resource and its associated industry in non-Forest areas of Assam.

Bamboo

Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plant with ability to survive in a wide variety of climatic and edaphic condition. The straight shape with light weight yet strong and hard as well as diversity is size, and thickness of wall make them fit for variety of uses.  Bamboo has become an important trade commodity globally providing direct or indirect livelihood support to about 2.5 billion people. The female population makes up majority of the rural workforce in this sector.

This project aimed for three main objectives or the final report provides detailed information on the following parameters:

  •         Bamboo resource in Non-Forest areas of Assam

o   Of the total 33 districts of Assam, inventory has been done in 31 districts, comprising of approx. 1300 villages and 12,000 household.

o   Study estimated bamboo culms, clumps and dry weight available in non-forest area and their species and age wise distribution in each distt. and state of Assam.

o   The results presented in this study are district-wise and which has been aggregated to give the total bamboo resource in the non-forest area of the Assam state.

o   Potential harvest.

  •         Survey of bamboo-based Industries and assessment of Trade.

o   Survey was conducted in 11 districts.

o   Different sectors of Bamboo industry were surveyed.

o   Survey included registered and un-registered units, mostly the handicraft category.

  •         Analysis Bamboo Business policies in Assam

o   Study also analysed the constraints associated with bamboo industry and corresponding policy support related to investment and promotion of the trade.

Literature review, field surveys and data collection, collation and analysis, in chronologically arranged work packages was designed and done for this study. The whole survey was conducted in due timeline of one year.

Agarwood

It is one of the most prized non-timber forest product traded in the international markets for high class perfumery as a fixative and in religious, medicinal and aromatic preparation. Agarwood trade is controlled through CITES and EXIM policy of India.

This project aimed for three main objectives or the final report provides detailed information on the following parameters:

  •         Agar-wood resource in Non-Forest areas of Assam

o   Of the 14 districts inventoried, Agarwood trees have been found prominently only in 8 districts of the sampled villages.

o   The number of Agarwood trees by DBH classes estimated for each district in the non-forest areas of Assam.

o   Potential harvest.

  •         Survey of Agarwood based Industries and assessment of Trade.

o   Seven districts of Assam were surveyed including the hub centres of the trade.

  •         Analysis Bamboo Business policies in Assam

o   Study also analysed the constraints associated with Agarwood industry and corresponding policy support balancing the promotion of the trade and critical endangered status of species.

Literature review, field surveys and data collection, collation and analysis in chronologically arranged work packages was designed and analysed for this study. The whole survey was conducted in due timeline of one year.

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