New publications in the FAO Non-Wood Forest Products series
New working papers from the FAO NWFP Programme
Harvesting of Non-Wood Forest Products - seminar proceedings
Development Bookshop Online
Estándar para la certificación del manejo forestal con fines de producción de castaña (Bertholletia excelsa) en el Perú
Extractivism in Amazonia
Proceedings of the Trees for Arid Lands Workshop
Special Forest Products Species Information Guide for the Pacific Northwest
Sustaining Incomes from Non Timber Forest Products
The Overstory Book: cultivating connections with trees"
Trouble in the Taiga
Valuing trees, woodlands and forests

Al-Douri, N.A. 2000. A survey of medicinal plants and their traditional uses in Iraq. Pharmaceutical Biology, 38(1): 74-79.

Amatya, Swoyambhu Man, ed. 2000. Proceedings of the Third Regional Workshop on "Community-Based NTFP Management". (For more information, contact: Dr Swoyambhu Man Amatya, Director-General, Department of Forest Research and Survey, PO Box 339, Babar Mahal, Kathmandu, Nepal; fax: +977 1 220159; e-mail: )

Anderson, P.N. 2001. Community-based conservation and social change amongst south Indian honey-hunters: an anthropological perspective. Oryx, 35(1): 81-83.

Anon. 2001. Open to plunder. Smuggling is stripping India of rare medicinal plants. Down to Earth, (January): 28-41.

Anwar, R., Haq, N. & Masood, S. 2001. Medicinal plants of Pakistan. Southampton, UK, International Centre for Underutilised Crops. ISBN 085-432-739-8.

Backes, M.M. 2001. The role of indigenous trees for the conservation of biocultural diversity in traditional agroforestry land use systems: the Bungoma case study: in-situ conservation of indigenous tree species. Agroforestry Syst., 52(2): 119-132.

Baker, N., ed. 2001. Developing Needs-Based Inventory Methods for Non-Timber Forest Products Application and Development of Current Research to Identify Practical Solutions for Developing Countries. Proceedings of an ETFRN workshop which was held with and at FAO in May 2000 and was funded by the DFID Forest Research Programme. (Copies of this ETFRN publication are available from: European Tropical Forest Research Network [ETFRN], Coordination Unit, c/o The Tropenbos Foundation, PO Box 232, 6700 AE Wageningen, the Netherlands; fax: +31 317 495521; e-mail: ; ; )

Berg, J. van den, Dijk, H. van, Dkamela, G.P., Ebene, Y. & Ntenwu, T. 2001. The role and dynamics of community institutions in the management of NTFPs in Cameroon. ETFRN News, 32: 77-79.

Bhatia, A., ed. 2001. Himawanti - Women of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas. Kathmandu, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development. 76 pp. ISBN 92-9115-412-1.

Himawanti is a remarkable organization, a network of grassroots women from across the Hindu-Kush Himalayas concerned with the protection and development of natural resources such as forest, land and water. In October 1999, after years of planning and preparation, Himawanti succeeded in bringing together more than 200 women from the region for a regional workshop. The aim was to provide a forum for grassroots women to share experiences and evolve strategies, and to strengthen communication and alliances, among the rural women who are actually involved in conserving and managing natural resources. The situation of the women, their needs, the challenges they face, and how they are campaigning for change, were discussed at length in the supportive atmosphere of the workshop. The main themes are presented in this book in a visually stimulating form in three languages (English, Hindi, Urdu). (For more information, contact: ICOD/ICIMOD, POB 3226, Kathmandu, Nepal; e-mail: ; )

Cadamuro, L. 2000. Plantes comestibles de Guyane. Écocart éditions.

Caspary, H.-U., Koné, I., Prouot, C. & Pauw, M. de. 2001. La chasse et la filière viande de brousse dans l'espace Taï, Côte d'Ivoire. Tropenbos Côte d'Ivoire Série 2. Wageningen, Pays-Bas, Tropenbos International. ISBN 90-5113-148-1. €20.

Davidson-Hunt, I, Duchesne, L.C. & Zasada, J.C., eds. 2001. Forest communities in the third millennium: linking research, business, and policy toward a sustainable non-timber forest product sector. Proceedings of the meeting, 1-4 October 1999, Kenora, Ontario, Canada. General Technical Report NC-217. St. Paul, MN, US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Research Station. 151 pp.

The publication contains a wide variety of papers given at the first international conference on NTFPs in cold temperate and boreal forests. It focuses on many facets of NTFPs: economics, society, traditional ecological knowledge, biology, resource management and business development. (An electronic version of the proceedings can be viewed and downloaded from: Hard copy versions of the book are available free of charge from: Publications Distribution Center, North Central Research Station, United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, 1 Gifford Pinchot Drive, Madison, WI 53705, USA; or Tim Swedberg, Media and Public Relations, North Central Research Station, 1992 Folwell Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108, USA; fax: +1 651 6495285; e-mail: )

Demmer, J. & Overman, H. 2001. Indigenous people conserving the rain forest? The effect of wealth and markets on the economic behaviour of Tawahka Amerindians in Honduras. Tropenbos Series 19. Wageningen, the Netherlands, Tropenbos International. ISBN 90-5113-053-8.

Dkamela, G.P. 2001. Les institutions communautaires de gestion de produits forestiers non-ligneux dans les villages périphériques de la Réserve de Biosphère du Dja. Tropenbos-Cameroon Documents 7. Tropenbos-Cameroon Programme, Kribi, Cameroon.

Duivenvoorden, J.F., ed. 2001. Evaluación de recursos vegetales no maderables en la Amazonía noroccidental. IBED, Universidad de Amsterdam, Países Bajos.

Emery, M. & McLain, R.J., eds. 2001. Non-timber forest products: medicinal herbs, fungi, edible fruits and nuts, and other natural products from the forest. Binghamton, NY, Haworth Press. 176 pp. $29.95. ( )

Evans, T.D. & Viengkham, O.V. 2001. Inventory time-cost and statistical power: a case study of a Lao rattan. Forest Ecology and Management, 150: 313-322.

Evans, T.D., Sengdala, K., Viengkham, O.V. & Thammavong, B. 2001. A field guide to the Rattans of Lao P.R. Scientific Publications Department, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom.

Rattans contribute greatly to the Lao economy by producing flexible canes and edible shoots, which are used within country or exported. This book is intended to support their improved management. (For more information, contact: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Surrey TW9 3AB, UK; fax: +44 (0)20 83325197; )

FAO. 2001. Global Forest Resources Assessment 2000 (FRA 2000). FAO's Global Forest Resources Assessment 2000 (FRA 2000) is available online ( )

FAO. 2001. State of the world's forests. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome. ISBN 92-5-104590-9.

The fourth edition of the State of the world's forests (SOFO), FAO's biennial report providing reliable and up-to-date information on the status of forests and developments in the forest sector worldwide, has been released in Arabic, Chinese, English, French and Spanish. Subjects covered in the report include forest cover and condition; management, conservation and sustainable development of forest resources; forest goods and services; the institutional framework for forestry; and international dialogue. Six comprehensive annex tables give basic country information (land area, population, economic indicators) and the latest data by country on forest cover; change in forest cover; forest management; production, trade and consumption of forest products; and participation in international conventions and agreements. (Printed copies of SOFO are available through FAO's Sales and Marketing Group [ ]. SOFO is also available electronically on the Internet [  ]. For more information, contact: Publications and Information Coordinator, Forestry Department, FAO, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy; fax: +39 0657052151; e-mail: )

FAO. 2001. Resource base assessment, current uses and management potential of bamboo in Manicaland Province (Nyanga, Mutasa & Mutare districts) of Zimbabwe. Harare, Zimbabwe, FAO.

Published by the FAO Subregional Office for East and Southern Africa in Harare, Zimbabwe, this study focuses on the assessment and the management potential of bamboo species in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. It was conducted in three stages: 1. gathering information on bamboo species found in Zimbabwe, their distribution and present and potential uses; 2. carrying out a resource base assessment by estimating the quantity and size of bamboo reeds growing in the study area; 3. exploring current uses of bamboo in the survey area and opportunities of extending the management of bamboo into integrated agroforestry systems, small- and large-scale commercial farming, environmental rehabilitation, ecotourism, food security and income-generating bamboo projects. (To obtain a copy of the report or for more information, contact: Michel Laverdiere, Forest Conservation Officer, Subregional Office for Southern and East Africa [SAFR], PO Box 3730, Harare, Zimbabwe; fax: +263 4 703497; e-mail: )

Gunasena, H.P.M. & Hughes, A. 2000. Tamarind. Southampton, UK, International Centre for Underutilised Crops.

A monograph on tamarind (Tamarindus indica L.), published by the International Centre for Underutilised Crops, is an output from a research project funded by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) for the benefit of developing countries. (For a free copy of this monograph, contact the International Centre for Underutilised Crops; e-mail: )

Ha Chu Chu. 2001. Situation of non-wood forest products production and utilization in Vietnam. In Proceedings on the International Seminar on Non-Timber Forest Products, China-Yunnan, Laos and Vietnam. Yunnan University Press. ISBN 7-81068-27-7.

Hall & Yun. 2000. Edible mushrooms as secondary crops in forests. Quarterly J. Forestry, 94: 299-304.

Helbingen, A.J. Bojanic. 2001. Balance is beautiful: assessing sustainable development in the rain forests of the Bolivian Amazon. PROMAB Scientific Series 4. ISBN 90-393-2757-2.

Jiaquan, C. 2001. Survey on NTFPs border trade between China and Vietnam, and China and Laos in Jiangcheng County, Simao Prefecture, and Mengla County, Xishuangbanna Prefecture. In Proceedings of the International Seminar on Non-Timber Forest Products, China-Yunnan, Laos and Vietnam. Yunnan University Press. ISBN 7-81068-27-7.

Kangas, K. 2001. Commercial wild berry picking as a source of income in northern and eastern Finland. J. Forest Economics, 7(1): 53-68.

Khanina, L.G. et al. 2001. A review of recent projects on forest biodiversity investigations in Europe including Russia. European Forest Institute Internal Report 3. 65 pp. (Only available from  as a pdf file .)

Leakey, R.R.B. 2001. Win:Win landuse strategies for Africa: 1. Building on experience with agroforests in Asia and Latin America. Win:Win landuse strategies for Africa: 2. Capturing economic and environmental benefits with multistrata agroforests. International Forestry Review, 1-3 March 2001. (For more information, contact: R.R.B. Leakey, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Bush Estate, Penicuik, Midlothian, EH26 0QB, Scotland, UK; e-mail: )

Liu Sihui. 2001. The utilization of non-timber forest products in Daweishan Nature Reserve. In Proceedings on the International Seminar on Non-Timber Forest Products, China-Yunnan, Laos and Vietnam. Yunnan University Press. ISBN 7-81068-271-7.

Lund, H.G. 2001. Using the Internet to communicate your message: "A Monumental Opportunity!" In Proceedings of the 2000 National Convention of the Society of American Foresters - A Monumental Opportunity. Washington, DC, 16-20 November 2000. Bethesda, MD, Society of American Foresters, p. 425-429. ISBN 0-939970-82-1. (

Messerschmidt, D. et al. 2001. Bamboo in the high forest of eastern Bhutan: a study of species vulnerability. Kathmandu, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development. 32 pp. ISBN 92-9115-3141. (For more information, contact: Nira Gurung-Burathoki, Distribution Officer, ICIMOD, PO Box 3226, Kathmandu, Nepal; fax: +977 1 524509; e-mail: ; )

Mors, W.B., Rizzini, C.T. & Pereira, N.A. 2001. Medicinal plants of Brazil. USA, Reference Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-917256-42-5.

Newton, A.C. & Soehartono, T. 2001. CITES and the conservation of tree species: the case of Aquilaria in Indonesia. International Forestry Review, 1-3 March 2001.

Olson, D.M. et al. 2001. Terrestrial ecoregions of the world: a new map of life on earth. BioScience, 51(11): 933-938. (

Onguene, N.A. & Kuyper, T.W. 2001. Mycorrhizal associations in the rain forest of South Cameroon. Forest Ecology and Management, 140: 277-287.

Paoli, G.D. et al. 2001. An ecological and economic assessment of the non-timber forest product gaharu wood in Gunung Palung National Park, West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Conserv. Biol., 15(6): 1721-1732. ( )

Rice, R.E., Sugal, C.A., Ratay, S.M. & Fonseca, G.A. 2001. Sustainable forest management: a review of conventional wisdom. Advances in Applied Biodiversity Science, No. 3, p. 1-29. Washington, DC, CABS/Conservation International. (For a hard copy of this publication, contact Terri Lam at )

Riera, P. 2001. Assessment of methodologies for valuing biological diversity of forests. European Forest Institute Internal Report 4. 14 pp. (Only available from as a pdf file.)

Schippmann, U. 2001. Medicinal plants significant trade study. CITES project S-109. Plants Committee Document PC9 9.1.3 (rev.). 97 pp. Bundesamt für Naturschutz, Bonn, Germany (BfN-Skripten 39).

Singh, K.D. 2000. Guidelines on National Inventory of Village Forests. Jakarta, Indonesia, Centre for International Forestry Research. ISBN 979-8764-55-2.

Soydara, V. & Ketphanh, S. 2001. Case study on the Marketing Group of Bitter Bamboo Shoots in Nam Pheng Village, Oudomxai Province, Lao PDR. In Proceedings of the International Seminar on Non-Timber Forest Products, China-Yunnan, Laos and Vietnam. Yunnan University Press. ISBN 7-81068-271-7.

Statz, J. 2000. Investigación de Bosques Tropicales - Potenciales de desarrollo en la utilización de productos no maderables del bosque. Perspectivas para un nuevo campo de acción de la Cooperación al Desarrollo Forestal en Paraguay y Bolivia. GTZ, Eschborn, Alemania.

Stepp, J.R. 2000. Mountain ethnobiology and development in Highland Chiapas, Mexico: lessons in biodiversity and health. Mnt. Res. Dev., 20(3): 218-219.

Stoian, D. 2000. Shifts in forest product extraction: the post-rubber era in the Bolivian Amazon. International Tree Crops J., 10(4): 277-297.

Stoian, D. 2000. Variations and dynamics of extractive economies: the rural-urban nexus of non-timber forest use in the Bolivian Amazon. University of Freiburg, Germany. Ref.: MK 2001/2137/DF 4.2001/97. (Ph.D. dissertation)

Stoian, D. & Henkemans, A.B. 2000. Between extractivism and peasant agriculture: differentiation of rural settlements in the Bolivian Amazon. International Tree Crops J., 10(4): 299-319.

Svoboda, K.P. & Svoboda, T.G. 2001. Secretory structures of aromatic and medicinal plants - a review and atlas of micrographs. ISBN 0-9538461-0-5. (For more information, contact: K. Svoboda, 34 Carcluie Crescent, Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland KA7 4ST, UK; e-mail: )

Terborgh, J. 2000. The fate of tropical forests, a matter of stewardship. Conserv. Biol., 14(5): 1358-1361.

Thomas, R.S. 2001. Forest productivity and resource availability in lowland tropical forests in Guyana. Tropenbos-Guyana Series 7. Tropenbos-Guyana Programme, Georgetown, Guyana.

Tran Van On, Do Quyen, Le Dinh Bich, Jones, B, Wunder, J. & Russel-Smith, J. 2001. A survey of medicinal plants in Ba Vi National Park, Vietnam. Methodology and implications for conservation and sustainable use. Biological Conservation, 97: 295-304.

Tropenbos International. 2001. Workshop proceedings The balance between biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of tropical rain forests, 6-8 December 1999. (P.J.M. Hillegers and H.H. de Longh, eds.) Wageningen, the Netherlands, Tropenbos International. ISBN 90-5113-050-3. (Electronic version available from )

Tropenbos International. 2001. Seminar proceedings Sustainable management of African rain forest, November 1999. (B. Foahom, W.B.J. Jonkers, P.N. Nkwi, P. Schmidt and M. Tchatat, eds.) Part I. Workshops. Wageningen, the Netherlands, Tropenbos International. ISBN 90-5113-047-3. (Electronic version available from )

Tropenbos International. 2001. Seminar proceedings Sustainable management of African rain forest, November 1999. (W.B.J. Jonkers, B. Foahom and P. Schmidt, eds.) Part II. Symposium. Wageningen, the Netherlands, Tropenbos International. ISBN 90-5113-051-1. (Electronic version available from )

van Rijsoort, J. & He Pikun. 2001. Proceedings of the International Seminar on Non-Timber Forest Products, China-Yunnan, Laos and Vietnam.

The proceedings are published by the Forest Conservation and Community Development Project (FCCDP), a Chinese-Netherlands-funded project in Yunnan, China. In December 2000, the project organized an international seminar together with two other Netherlands-funded projects in Viet Nam and the Lao People's Democratic Republic, respectively, on "The role of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) in forest conservation and community development".

It was the first time such a regional seminar on this specific issue was held with the three countries bordering Yunnan - China, Viet Nam and the Lao People's Democratic Republic. During the seminar, the participants exchanged ideas and experiences on issues related to NTFPs and forest conservation, community development and marketing and processing. This resulted in a better understanding between the three countries about the various aspects of NTFP conservation and development and set the stage for future information exchange and sharing in the region. The proceedings present a clear overview of lessons learnt, similarities and differences in the region, possibilities for future collaboration, as well as various interesting papers from the participants of the three countries. (For more information, contact: Jeannette van Rijsoort, Forest Conservation and Community Development Project [FCCDP], Simao Forestry Department, Zhen Xing Lu 48, 665000 Simao City, Yunnan, China; tel./fax: +86 879 2144046; e-mail: )

van Rijsoort, J. 2001. The importance of wild NTFPs for villagers in and around Nuozhadu Nature Reserve, Simao Prefecture, P.R. China, and suggestions for future actions. In Proceedings of the International Seminar on Non-Timber Forest Products, China-Yunnan, Laos and Vietnam. Yunnan University Press. ISBN 7-81068-271-7.

van Valkenburg, J.L.C.H. & Bunyapraphatsara, N., eds. 2001. Plant resources of South-East Asia No. 12(2). Medicinal and poisonous plants 2. Leiden, the Netherlands, Backhuys Publishers. 782 pp.

Plant Resources of South-East Asia (PROSEA) is a multivolume handbook that aims to summarize knowledge about useful plants for workers in education, research, extension and industry. This second of the three planned volumes on the medicinal and poisonous plants of Southeast Asia presents a mixture of species with a longstanding reputation in traditional medicine and species that have been well investigated phytochemically or pharmacologically, but are poorly known in the Southeast Asian region. Up-to-date information is provided concerning local knowledge as well as modern research findings, where possible. The alphabetical treatment of genera and species comprises 171 papers.

The hardcover edition is distributed by Backhuys Publishers, PO Box 321, 2300 AH Leiden, the Netherlands, priced €159. A paperback edition will be available as of December 2003, priced €68. For developing countries, a cheaper paperback edition (ISBN 979-8316-43-6) will be available in 2002 from the PROSEA Network Office, PO Box 332, Bogor 16122, Indonesia. (For more information, contact: Dr J.S. Siemonsma, Head Publication Office, PROSEA, Wageningen Agricultural University, PO Box 341, 6700 AH Wageningen, the Netherlands; fax: +31 317 482206; e-mail: )

[Please see under News and Notes for more information on PROSEA.]

Weber, A. et al., eds. 2001. An introductory field guide to the flowering plants of the Golfo Dulce rain forests, Costa Rica. Corcovado National Park and Piedras Blancas National Park ("Regenwald der Östereicher"). Stapfia, 78: 1-464. (For more information, contact: Mrs Marion Dominikus, Institute of Botany, Rennweg 14, 1030 Vienna, Austria; e-mail: )

Wolf, J.H.D. & Konings, C.J.F. 2002. Toward the sustainable harvesting of epiphytic bromeliads: a pilot study from the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico. Biological Conservation, 101(1): 23-31. ( )

World Resources Institute. 2000. World resources 2000-2001, people and ecosystems: the fraying web of life. 400 pp. ISBN 1-56973-443-7.

WWF Deutschland & TRAFFIC Europe-Germany, eds. 2001. Tagungsband, Proceedings. Symposium. Medizin und Artenschutz. Herausforderung für Mensch und Natur im neuen Jahrtausend. Medicinal utilization of wild species. Challenge for man and nature in the new millennium. 107 pp., WWF Deutschland & TRAFFIC Europe-Germany, Frankfurt am Main.

Zich, F. & Compton, J. 2001. The final frontier: towards sustainable management of Papua New Guinea's agarwood resource. TRAFFIC Oceania/WWF South Pacific Programme. 12 pp. ( )


New publications in the FAO Non-Wood Forest Products series



This publication is also available in French (Évaluation des ressources en produits forestiers non ligneux. Expérience et principes de biométrie) and Spanish (Evaluación de los recursos de productos forestales no madereros. Experiencia y principios biométricos) and is accompanied by a trilingual CD-ROM.

This publication is also available online at the following address:  (English)  (French)  (Spanish)

For more information, please contact:

François Ndeckere-Ziangba,
FAO NWFP Programme.


Despite the fact that rattan is an important commodity for international trade and that, at the local level, it is of critical relevance in improving rural livelihoods, the supply of rattan still comes from cutting palms in natural forests. Nowadays, rattan resources in their natural range of tropical forests are being depleted through overexploitation, inadequate replenishment, poor forest management and loss of forest habitats. Against this background, Non-Wood Forest Products Series No. 14, was recently published and contains the proceedings of a joint FAO/INBAR International Expert Consultation on Rattan, held in Rome in December 2000. This publication is also available online at the following address:  

This publication is also available online at the following address:

For more information, please contact:

Paul Vantomme,
FAO NWFP Programme.


New working papers from the FAO NWFP Programme

The following two new working papers have been produced by the FAO Non-Wood Forest Products Programme. A third volume covering the Caribbean countries is under preparation.

FOPW/01/1 Non-wood forest products in Africa: a regional and national overview/Les produits forestiers non ligneux en Afrique: un aperçu régional et national.

The electronic version is available on the FAO home page at:

FOPW/01/2 Non-wood forest products in the Near East: a regional and national overview.

The electronic version will be available on the FAO NWFP home page shortly.

Country information is also available on the FAO home page at: .

Printed copies of both publications are available from the FAO NWFP Programme ( ).

[Please see under International Action - FAO for more detailed information of these regional studies.]


Harvesting of Non-Wood Forest Products - seminar proceedings

The proceedings of the seminar on Harvesting of Non-Wood Forest Products were recently printed by the Turkish Ministry of Forestry. This seminar was held from 2 to 8 October 2000 in Menemen-Izmir, Turkey at the invitation of the Ministry of Forestry and under the auspices of the Joint FAO/ECE/ILO Committee on Forest Technology, Management and Training. The seminar, which was attended by participants from 32 countries, covered a wide range of topics, from inventory to marketing. The 41 papers are presented in the language provided by their authors (mostly English) with summaries in the other two languages of the seminar (French and Russian) for most of the papers.

For a copy of the proceedings, please contact:

Forest Products Division,
Forestry Department, FAO,
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla,
00100 Rome,
Fax: +39 0657055618;

Development Bookshop Online

ITDG Publishing, the publishing arm of the Intermediate Technology Development Group, and a leading publisher of books on development issues, has recently launched the Development Bookshop Online. This new bookshop allows you to use the Internet to search their database of key development books, make secure online orders, and browse bargain and best-seller lists.

Estándar para la certificación del manejo forestal con fines de producción de castaña (Bertholletia excelsa) en el Perú

La producción y impresión de esta publicación ha sido financiada por el proyecto «Conservando castañales», una iniciativa de la Asociación para la Conservación de la Cuenca Amazónica (ACCA), que viene trabajando desde 1997 en la validación y promoción del mejor manejo de los bosques naturales de castaña de Madre de Dios (Perú) para el beneficio de la población local y la conservación de los bosques.

Este gran esfuerzo ha resultado en el primer estándar de certificación reconocido por el Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) para el manejo de un producto forestal no maderable a nivel mundial. Así mismo, está dirigido a pequeños productores forestales de los bosques amazónicos, demostrando así que los principios y criterios de manejo responsable del FSC son adaptables a algunas de las más complejas condiciones de manejo forestal.

Para más información, dirigirse a:

Proyecto «Conservando castañales»,
Asociación para la Conservación de la Cuenca Amazónica (ACCA),
Jr. Cuzco N° 499, Puerto Maldonado,
Madre de Dios,
Fax: +51 84 573211;
correo electrónico:

Extractivism in Amazonia

The book La forêt en jeu: l'extractivisme en Amazonie centrale (Emperaire, L. (org.), Paris, Orstom/Unesco, 1996) was published in 2000 in Portuguese under the title A floresta em jogo: o extrativismo na Amazônia central (Emperaire, L., org., São Paulo, Editora da Unesp/Imprensa Oficial do Estado, 232 p. 2000),

Often decried and presented as an outdated activity incapable of progress, extractivism might today be nothing more than an obsolete testimony to one of the numerous economic cycles that Brazil has experienced. But the political movements of the seringueiros, whose demands are supported by various institutions, and a public opinion sensitive to ecological problems have placed this ancient activity at the centre of discussions concerning the management of the Amazonian forest.

The purpose of this publication is not to present an exhaustive analysis of the many aspects of this activity but simply to suggest some themes for reflection and research on the subject. The articles fall into four groups dealing respectively with: extractivism in the historical context of the occupation of Amazonia, the numerous ways in which this activity is integrated in the systems of production, the ecological aspects of the exploitation of different species, and current tendencies.

For more information, please contact:

Laure Emperaire, IRD (ex-Orstom),
Centro de Desenvolvimento Sustentável,
UnB: SAS, Quadra 05 Bloco H 2º andar,
Ed. Superintendência do IBAMA,
70070-914 Brasília,
Fax: +55 61 3228473;

Proceedings of the Trees for Arid Lands Workshop

The Trees for Arid Lands Workshop, organized by IPALAC, took place in Israel in November 2000.

For more information, please contact:

Mr Arnie Schlissel, Administrative Coordinator, International Program for Arid Land Crops (IPALAC), PO Box 653, Beer Sheva 84105, Israel.


Special Forest Products Species Information Guide for the Pacific Northwest

This United States Forest Service publication (PNW GTR-513) is accessible as a pdf file on the Forest Service Web site (

For more information, please contact:

Diane Smith, Publications, PNW Research Station, PO Box 3890, Portland, OR 97208, USA.


Sustaining Incomes from Non Timber Forest Products

Digest 6/01

Sustaining Incomes from Non Timber Forest Products: special issue of the International Tree Crops Journal, Vol. 10, No. 4. 2000. United Kingdom, AB Academic Publishers. (Free copies of this issue may be requested at: )

A team of researchers affiliated with CIFOR examines the problems of sustaining incomes from NTFPs, once they have reached some degree of commercialization.

Papers include those by Oliver Braedt of Germany and Wavell Standa of Zimbabwe who spent many days talking to woodcarvers in Zimbabwe. In their paper, they note that for the country's approximately 4 000 woodcarvers to stay in business, they must keep finding sources of wood for their sculptures. This suggests the need to control harvesting of the few valuable hardwood species still available in the area's miombo woodlands, and to find alternative species suitable for carving the popular wooden hippos, rhinos and buffaloes. Braedt and Standa conclude that to make the woodcarving industry in Zimbabwe sustainable, an important first step is for the government to recognize woodcarving officially as a legitimate industry.

For Brazil nut collectors in northern Bolivia, the problem of ensuring stable or increasing incomes is slightly different, according to Dietmar Stoian of Germany and Arienne Henkemans of the Netherlands. About 25 000 people - half of the region's labour force - are employed in the local Brazil nut industry, which brings about US$30 million per year to the region from international sales. Forest estates and processors control the industry, taking thousands of collectors to remote corners in the forest to collect the nuts from December to February. The collectors' incomes fluctuate, sometimes dramatically, depending on the price of Brazil nuts in international markets and how much factory owners can sell.

Solutions to problems such as these are never simple. In his paper, Jobst Schroeder of Germany describes how a French company had a monopoly on the trading of Prunus africana, an African tree harvested for its medicinal bark. The company worked to make sure the bark was harvested without damaging the tree. But high demand for the bark lured many outsiders to the trade, and although local villagers are benefiting, Schroeder predicts that the current intensive and often less careful harvesting practices will soon deplete the area's tree stock.

While forest product trade is important to many rural communities, a team of Zimbabwe researchers led by Bruce Campbell argues that rather than seeking primarily to stabilize or increase income from a single resource, it is advisable to consider the broader range of income-generating activities in an area and how they can be balanced to meet local livelihood needs. (Contributed by: Wil de Jong; e-mail: )

The Overstory Book: cultivating connections with trees

A printed and formatted version of The Overstory journal editions 1-75 is now available. Proceeds from the sale of The Overstory Book will be used to cover the expense of publishing The Overstory journal, which has been provided cost-free since March 1998.

For more information, please contact:

Craig Elevitch, Editor,
The Overstory, Permanent Agriculture Resources,
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Trouble in the Taiga

Trouble in the Taiga is a recent brochure produced by the Taiga Rescue Network and provides a general overview of the boreal region and the issues facing it and its people.

For more information, please contact:

Elisa Peter and Ola Larsson,
International Coordination Centre,
Taiga Rescue Network,
Box 116, S-96223 Jokkmokk,
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Valuing trees, woodlands and forests

Uncovering the hidden harvest: valuation methods for woodland and forest resources.

Edited by Bruce Campbell and Marty Luckert.

In press, London, Earthscan.

Local biological resources are of vital importance to people in many parts of the world, and the valuation of such resources is an essential part of developing sustainable harvest and use. This practical manual describes a range of methods that can be used in the valuation of woodland and forest resources in developing countries. With contributions from economists, ecologists and sociologists, it provides an overview of these methods and approaches, pointing out the advantages and problems, and also the increasing importance of an interdisciplinary perspective. The non-technical style makes the book accessible to practitioners from a wide range of disciplines, as well as to researchers and students.

For more information, please contact:

Enquiries: Earthscan,
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London N1 9JN,
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