Non-Wood News 9

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SPECIAL FEATURES

Bushmeat

    • Bushmeat – a resource at risk
    • The sustainable use of wild species for meat
    • Bushmeat Crisis Task Force
    • Hunting in the Taï region, Côte d’Ivoire
    • The Jane Goodall Institute
    • Trade in bushmeat

Biometrics

    • Design of techniques to assess non-wood forest products in ACP African countries (EC-FAO project, component 4)
    • Resource assessment of non-wood forest products. Experience and biometric principles – new publication in FAO’s NWFP series

NEWS AND NOTES

Anticonvulsant activity of Indian herb
Asociación para la conservación de la cuenca amazónica
Ayurveda
Bioprospecting or biopiracy?

    • Biopirates raid trees
    • From the jungle to the clinic
    • Brazil sees promise in jungle plants, but tribes see peril

Ecoport – access portal to ecology knowledge for natural resource managers
Equator Initiative seeks nominations for tropical biodiversity awards
FAOTERM
Field courses in rain forest and marine ecology
Fingerprinting bamboo
Fruits for the future
Journals and newsletters

    • Conservation and Society
    • Forest certification newsletter
    • Forest Integrity Network (FIN) newsletter
    • Journal of Tropical Medicinal Plants
    • Natural Product Radiance
    • Revista Forestal Centroamericana
    • Voices from the Forest

International Doctoral Program for Development Studies
International Year of Mountains
Los bosques pueden contribuir al alivio de la pobreza
New Forests Project
Plant Resources of South-East Asia (PROSEA)
Plant Resources of Tropical Africa (PROTA)
Potential oilseed trees of Africa
Potential role of non-timber forest products in the coping strategies of rural HIV/AIDS-affected households in sub-Saharan Africa
Scientific Boards Society of Research Institute of Forests & Rangelands 
Sustainable for Whom?
Training programme on leadership and adaptive management in forest environments 
TREES international training courses
Using local knowledge in NWFP inventory

PRODUCTS AND MARKETS

Agarwood
Bamboo charcoal and vinegar
Edible insects
Honey
Mushrooms
Rattan

COUNTRY COMPASS

Bangladesh
Brazil
Cameroon
Canada
Chile
Honduras
India
Jordan
Kenya
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Lebanon
Malaysia
Morocco
Nepal
Nigeria
Pakistan
Papua New Guinea
Russian Federation
Somalia
South Africa
Thailand
Turkey
Uganda
United Kingdom
United Republic of Tanzania
Viet Nam
Zimbabwe

ECONOOK

Danish ecolabelling campaign forges ahead
Se creó la primera área de conservación privada
Gorilla-based tourism: a realistic source of community income in Cameroon?
Kumrose Community Forest, Nepal
Nature reserve in Viet Nam: Na Hang dam threatens forests, people and wildlife
Forests and conflict

INTERNATIONAL ACTION

FAO
World Food Summit: five years later
FAO Livelihood Support Programme "Improving support for enhancing livelihoods of the rural poor"
Forest Products Division
Travel of NWFP officers
RIL-Afrique-L - une nouvelle liste électronique
Forest Resource Division
FORESTRY POLICY AND PLANNING DIVISION
FAO AND THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION (EC)
FAO IN THE FIELD
Center for Tropical Forest Science
Convention on Biodiversity
IUCN/SSC Medicinal Plant Specialist Group
Overseas Development Institute
TRAFFIC
Tropenbos International

RECENT EVENTS

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

PUBLICATIONS OF INTEREST

WEB SITES

READER'S RESPONSE

 

Non-Wood News 9

AN INFORMATION BULLETIN ON NON-WOOD FOREST PRODUCTS

March 2002


EDITORIAL

Arriving at our ninth issue and looking back over a time span of nine years since the first issue of Non-Wood News in 1994 provides us with a unique opportunity to reflect on and take stock of the Òlessons learnedÓ in preparing this newsletter.

The purpose of Non-Wood News is still as valid now in 2002 as it was in 1994. Quoting the Editorial of the first issue: The purpose of Non-Wood News, as an information bulletin, is to provide readers with useful information and insight about the promise that the future holds in the field of non-wood forest products (NWFPs) and the issues to be addressed with regard to their sustainable development.

In view of the numerous contributions and feedback we receive from readers worldwide, we hope that we have indeed contributed to more information sharing on NWFPs among a wide range of people from different backgrounds and countries. With the increased accessibility to electronic communications, the NWFP-Digest-L was initiated in 2000 as a monthly e-mail information bulletin to strengthen and contribute further to easier information exchange among people interested in the development of NWFPs. In addition, Non-Wood News also became available online through our NWFP Web site, which contains all previous issues of both Non-Wood News and the NWFPDigest- L, in order to facilitate access to the wealth of information which has been accumulating over these nine years.

Regarding the second point of the purpose of the newsletter, i.e. "... about the promise that the future holds in the field of NWFPs ", there indeed we still need to work hard to make this "promise" a reality for the millions of households worldwide who depend heavily on NWFPs for their subsistence needs and income. In response to this challenge, FAOÕs NWFP Programme, which in its early stages gave strong emphasis to activities on raising awareness of the role and contribution of NWFPs to rural development and poverty alleviation, is now giving greater importance to the activities which contribute directly to the development of the NWFP sector. Key actions include the elaboration of methodologies for assessing resources providing NWFPs, statistical data at the national level for the production and trade of NWFPs, or further clarification of the contribution of certification and benefitsharing arrangements to the sustainable management of NWFPs, as well as the promotion of selected NWFPs of key importance, such as rattan, edible forest plants or mushrooms, by identifying major constraints and actions and projects required for enhancing their sustainable and equitable development.

In the meantime, there have been some changes in the staffing of FAO's NWFP Programme. Ms Laura Russo has taken up new responsibilities within FAO and is now dealing with the assessment of the environmental impact of forest harvesting. Laura has been with the NWFP group, and particularly with Non-Wood News, almost since its conception. We want to thank her for her tremendous and much appreciated contribution and wish her every success in her new assignment. At the same time, we welcome Mr François Ndeckere-Ziangba who has joined us. François has considerable experience with a wide range of forestry issues and knowledge of NWFPs of Central Africa to share with us.

I would like to take this opportunity to give special thanks to the person who actually makes it all happen, Ms Tina Etherington. Without her dedication and many long hours of work in compiling Non-Wood News and the NWFP-Digest, we would not even be able to produce them.

And, last but not least, all of this would not have been possible if it were not for the many reactions and text contributions we receive from you, the readers. After all, Non-Wood News is made by its readers for its readers. Again our sincere thanks go to all of you.

Paul Vantomme

 

NON-WOOD NEWS

Non-Wood Newsis compiled by Tina Etherington, Wood and Non-Wood Products Utilization Branch (FOPW) of the FAO Forest Products Division. Technical support for this issue was provided by Paul Vantomme, Sven Walter and François Ndeckere-Ziangba; design, graphics and desktop publishing were coordinated by Tina Etherington.
Non-Wood News is open to contributions by readers. Contributions may be edited to fit the appropriate size and focus of the bulletin.
If you have any material that could be included in the next issue of Non-Wood News for the benefit of other readers, kindly send it, before 15 January 2003, to:

NON-WOOD NEWS - FOPW
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The designations employed and the presentation of material in this publication do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.

 

 

Non-wood forest products (NWFP) are goods of biological origin other than wood, derived from forests, other wooded land and trees outside forests. Non-timber forest products (NTFP), another term frequently used to cover this vast array of animal and plant products, also includes small wood and fuelwood. However, these two terms are used synonymously throughout this bulletin. Other terms, such as “minor”, “secondary” or “speciality” forest products, are sometimes used to keep original names and/or titles.