More than wood - Special options on multiple use of forests


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Written by Robert Lamb
Photography by R Faidutti
Design and Production by edit

FAO - FORESTRY DEPARTMENT

FORESTRY TOPICS REPORT No. 4

FAO - FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS

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Wood and its associated products form but one chapter in the catalogue of forest-derived goods that upgrade and safeguard rural livelihoods and the quality of human life the world over. Knowledge about the benefits and uses of other, 'non-wood' forest products (NWFP) is, however, less widely available. In many cases such knowledge is rooted in local or vernacular traditions of land and resource use, an evolving cultural heritage passed down from generation to generation.

As pressure to husband the world's vital forest resources intensifies, so the need grows to share, disseminate and mobilise NWFP wisdom more generally. This booklet is a step in that direction.


Table of contents


Summary

Acknowledgements

Foreword

Key issues

Advantages of versatile forestry
Tomorrow's needs - tomorrow's forests
Priorities
Obstacles to developing non-wood products

Product file - Mainly for self-sufficiency

Forest farming and food products
Health and harvest - medicine and related products
Protein and prosperity - wildlife utilization
Lubricating development - fats and oilseeds

Product file - Mainly for profit

Fibre connections - bamboos and rattans
Mushrooming growth - the trade in fungi
Insect providers - silk, honey and lac
Forest essences - saps, gums, resins, syrups and other extracts

Non-wood products in perspective

Echoes from the north
A local perspective: Zimbabwe's communal areas
A national perspective: India
A regional perspective: The Mediterranean

Emerging topics and concerns

Forest industries and non-timber products
Extractive reserves
Women and non-wood forest products
Service benefits of forests
FAO and non-wood forest products

The future - A framework for action

Development objectives
Immediate objectives
Special considerations
Main lines for action

Information sources and selected reading

Acronyms and abbreviations

List of acronyms