As an area of high biological and cultural diversity it has become known as a 'Kingdom of Plants' and a 'Beautiful Area South of the Clouds'. The ethnic minority groups have a close relationship with their natural environment.One the one hand, they utilize the natural resources to meet their livelihood needs. One the other hand, in the process of adapting to the environment, they develop their own traditional knowledge and practices for natural resource management. CBIK carried out a survey about the utilization of wild vegetables among the Hani inhabitants of Mengsong Village in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, including the links between wild vegetables, livelihoods and culture.
The outcome of this brochure, which gives an overview of the main wild vegetables varieties that are used by the Hani people in Mengsong.
The brochure includes scientific and ethnic names, plant descriptions, and traditional utilization methods, and thus explores the dynamic links between Hani culture and plant utilization. The purpose of this brochure is to show the importance of traditional knowledge in the protection and utilization of biological deversity in Yunnan.
Publisher / Source: CBIK - Centre for Biodiversity and Indigenous Knowledge