Non-wood forest products for rural income and sustainable forestry
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The International Expert Consultation on Non-Wood Forest Products, hosted by the Ministry of Forestry, Government of Indonesia, was held in Yogyakarta, 17-27 January 1995. This was the first world-level meeting exclusively to draw attention on the problems and potentials of non-wood forest products.

A number of national and international agencies, namely, Appropriate Technology International, CATIE, Conservation International, CIFOR, CSIRO-Australia, GTZ, Herbarium Bogoriense, ICIMOD, ICRAF, IDRC-Canada, IITA, IUCN, NORAD, NRI-UK, ODA-UK, ORSTOM-France, PROSEA, Unesco, UNIDO, US-AID, USDA-Forest Service, and WWF collaborated in the effort by providing background materials and papers, by sponsoring participants and/or by direct attendance. Further, support was received from the different departments of FAO, FAO Regional Offices and field projects.

The outcome of the meeting was substantial, with clear recommendations for action. We have pleasure in sharing it with all interested persons and institutions.

I wish to take this opportunity to gratefully acknowledge the contributions of all those who attended the Consultation and their active participation in the discussions, which made this meeting an outstanding success. I wish also to record my thanks to all those who collaborated with and supported the efforts of FAO and the Government of Indonesia in organising this meeting. My thanks are due to all the resource persons for introducing the different topics for discussion. The chair persons of the different plenary and group sessions (Wangari Maathai, John Coppen, Ana Sittenfeld, Toga Silitonga, Sami Khalid, John Joseph, Elizabeth Widjaja, Marco Palacios Mendez, and Wim Bergmans) and the respective rapporteurs (Ann Koontz, Madhav Karki, Ousseynou Ndoye, Julio Ruiz Murrieta, Bruce Campbell, Pitamber Sharma, Alec Chang, Manuel Ruiz Perez, and Barry Evans) deserve a special word of thanks for their additional efforts to give a proper order and shape to the Consultation report; as also David Taylor for supporting and coordinating the reporting task. I am very grateful to all the members of the secretariat for their devoted service, particularly to Gusti Tantra, the Director, and Sri Murniningtyas, the Liaison Officer. Finally, I have to say a special word of appreciation and thanks to C. Chandrasekharan, Secretary of the Consultation, for the methodical and meticulous manner in which he planned and organised the meeting.

No doubt, the perspectives on conservation, management and utilization of non-wood forest products as they emerged from the discussion at the Consultation and the light they throw on how to address the socio-economic, environmental, institutional and policy issues will help the national and international agencies in designing and implementing their action programme on non-wood forest products. FAO is committed to pursue the outcome of the Consultation and support implementation of its recommendations, in collaboration with partner agencies and countries.

Karl-Hermann Schmincke
Forest Products Division
Forestry Department

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