Interplanting small-scale timber plantations with native agroforestry species in Solomon
This project coordinated by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) shows that village-owned plantations of high-value timber trees, mainly teak (Tectona grandis) and mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) in the Solomon Islands can benefit from interplanting with the indigenous tree Flueggea flexuosa and other tree species native to the Pacific region. The rationale behind this interplanting is that commercial plantations must always be thinned and removing young timbers trees that cannot be sold offers no practical advantages. However, thinning the plantations by only removing indigenous tree species can benefit the villagers in many ways: with fruits and other tree products, firewood, and construction materials.
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