FRA Working Paper 11


NON-WOOD FOREST PRODUCTS STUDY FOR MEXICO, CUBA AND SOUTH AMERICA


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The Forest Resources Assessment Programme

Forests are crucial for the well-being of humanity. They provide foundations for life on earth through ecological functions, by regulating the climate and water resources, and by serving as habitats for plants and animals. Forests also furnish a wide range of essential goods such as wood, food, fodder and medicines, in addition to opportunities for recreation, spiritual renewal and other services.

Today, forests are under pressure from expanding human populations, which frequently leads to the conversion or degradation of forests into unsustainable forms of land use. When forests are lost or severely degraded, their capacity to function as regulators of the environment is also lost, increasing flood and erosion hazards, reducing soil fertility, and contributing to the loss of plant and animal life. As a result, the sustainable provision of goods and services from forests is jeopardized.

FAO, at the request of the member nations and the world community, regularly monitors the world’s forests through the Forest Resources Assessment Programme. The next report, the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2000 (FRA 2000), will review the forest situation by the end of the millennium. FRA 2000 will include country-level information based on existing forest inventory data, regional investigations of land-cover change processes, and a number of global studies focusing on the interaction between people and forests. The FRA 2000 report will be made public and distributed on the world wide web in the year 2000.

The Forest Resources Assessment Programme is organized under the Forest Resources Division (FOR) at FAO headquarters in Rome. Contact persons are:

Robert Davis FRA Programme Coordinator robert.davis@fao.org

Peter Holmgren FRA Project Director peter.holmgren@fao.org

or use the e-mail address: fra@fao.org

DISCLAIMER

The Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) Working Paper Series is designed to reflect the activities and progress of the FRA Programme of FAO. Working Papers are not authoritative information sources – they do not reflect the official position of FAO and should not be used for official purposes. Please refer to the FAO forestry website (www.fao.org/forestry/index.jsp) for access to official information.

The FRA Working Paper Series provides an important forum for the rapid release of preliminary FRA 2000 findings needed for validation and to facilitate the final development of an official quality-controlled FRA 2000 information set. Should users find any errors in the documents or have comments for improving their quality they should contact either Robert Davis or Peter Holmgren at fra@fao.org

 

 

Abbreviations

BEF

Biomass Expansion Factor

BV

Biomass of inventoried volume

CATIE

Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza

Cirad

Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement

EDC

Eros Data Centre

FAO

Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations

FORIS

Forest Resources Information System

FRA

Forest Resources Assessment

GIS

Geographic Information System

NWFP

Non wood forest products

SNU

Sub National Unit(s)

UN-ECE

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

VOB

Volume Over Bark

WD

Wood Density

WCMC

World Conservation Monitoring Centre


Contents

1. Introduction

2. ARGENTINA

2.1 Status of NWFP statistics

2.2 Non-wood goods and services

2.3 Non-wood goods

2.4 References

2.5 Resource Persons

3. BOLIVIA

3.1 State of NWFP statistics

3.2 Non-wood goods and services

3.3 Non-wood goods

3.4 Other NWF plant products

3.5 References

3.6 Resource Persons

4. BRAZIL

4.1 Status of NWFP statistics

4.2 Non-wood goods and services

4.3 Non-wood goods

4.4 Other NWF plant products

4.4 References

4.5 Resource Persons

5. CHILE

5.1 State of NWFP statistics

5.2 Non-wood goods and services

5.3 Non-wood goods

5.4 Other food products

5.4 References

5.5 Resource People

6. COLOMBIA

6.1 State of NWFP statistics

6.2 Non-wood goods and services

6.3 Non-wood goods

6.4 Other NWF plant products

6.5 Important Commercial Wild Animals

6.6 References

6.7 Resource Persons

7. CUBA

7.1 State of NWFP statistics

7.2 Non-wood goods and services

7.3 Non-wood goods

7.4 Other NWF plant products

7.5 References

7.6 Resource Persons

8. ECUADOR

8.1 State of NWFP statistics

8.2 Non-wood goods and services

8.3 Non-wood goods

8.4 References

8.5 Resource Persons

9. FRENCH GUIANA

9.1 State of NWFP statistics

9.2 Non-wood goods and services

9.3 References

9.4 Resource Persons

10. MEXICO

10.1 Status of NWFP statistics

10.2 Non-wood goods and services

10.3 Non-wood goods

10.4 Other NWF plant products

10.5 References

10.6 Resource Persons

11. PARAGUAY

11.1 State of NWFP statistics

11.2 Non-wood goods and services

11.3 Non-wood goods

11.4 Other NWF plant products

11.5 References

11.6 Resource Persons

12. PERU

12.1 State of NWFP statistics

12.2 Non-wood goods and services

12.3 Non-wood goods

12.4 References

12.5 Resource Persons

13. URUGUAY

13.1 State of NWFP statistics

13.2 Non-wood goods and services

13.3 Non-wood goods

13.4 References

13.5 Resource Persons

14. VENEZUELA

14.1 State of NWFP statistics

14.2 Non-wood goods and services

14.3 Non-wood goods

14.4 References

14.5 Resource Persons

Appendix 1: Tables

Appendix 2: Contacts





Paper drafted by: Dennis Johnson
Drafted by: Patrizia Pugliese