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The ethnobotany of homegardens along rural corridors as a basis for ecotourism planning: a case study of Rajegwesi village, Banyuwangi, Indonesia

Ratih N. Pamungkas, Serafinah Indriyani, Luchman Hakim

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J. Bio. Env. Sci.3(9), 60-69, September 2013

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Promoting quality environment through home gardens management is crucial in order to enhance ecotourism planning and development in remote areas adjacent to national park. The aim of the research was to analyze the ethnobotanical aspect of home gardens in Rajegwesi Village, Banyuwangi. Data was collected through a floristic survey and in-depth interviews. The floristic survey was conducted on home gardens along the road corridors of the villages. Following the floristic survey, in-depth interviews were done to explore local people perception on structures and functions of home gardens vegetation. Data was analyzed descriptively. Result showed that there were 132 plant species composing home gardens. They were used as a source of food, of medical materials, of livestock food, of firewood, of ornamental plants, of construction materials, of toxic elements, of materials for cultural ceremony, as well as having economic value, and some other minor categories of uses. The diversities of plant in home gardens are principal resources for tourism destination management. It includes home gardens to provide comfortable place to visitor, home garden as harbor of consumable and non-consumable plants to support tourism needs, and home gardens as tourism attraction.

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