Non-Wood News 2

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SPECIAL FEATURES

Veld products research in Botswana: an overview
International NWFP statistics
Bamboo: an important non-wood forest resource

NEWS AND NOTES

International Neem Network
Global Initiative for Traditional Systems (GIFTS) of Health
Andean Network of Sustainable Alternative Products
Diversity of microfungi
Ford Foundation grants for ANSAB biodiversity and NWFP research
Mycorrhization with reforestation
Centre for Forest Mycology Research
Prodigious biodiversity
Chemical treasure in the forest
Dollars for diversity
USAID microenterprise initiative
Asian Network on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
Traditional medicines in South Asia
Medicinal Plants Network
Turkey: Anadolu University Medicinal Plants Research Centre (TBAM)
INBAR's first year
Malaysia-UK Cooperative Programme on Forest Resources
PROSEA handbook
TROPAG AND RURAL bibliographic information
African Forest Action Network
Ethics of ethnobiological research
IUCN Medicinal Plant Specialist Group
Versatile figs
Sugar from Nypa palm
Underutilized Tropical Fruit Trees in Asia Network (UTFANET)
Nutritional value of wild fruits
Activities of ClRAD-Forêt on sandalwood in New Caledonia
Non-timber value of northern Swedish forests
South Pacific biodiversity conservation

PRODUCTS AND MARKETS

COUNTRY COMPASS

ECONOOK

Is ecotourism a non-wood forest product?
Chile's wildlife

INTERNATIONAL ACTION

RECENT EVENTS

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

PUBLICATIONS OF INTEREST

ENERGY CORNER

READER'S RESPONSE

 

Non-Wood News 2

AN INFORMATION BULLETIN ON NON-WOOD FOREST PRODUCTS

March 1995


EDITORIAL

When we embarked on Non-Wood News, a publication devoted exclusively to forest products other than wood, we were somewhat apprehensive as to how it would be received. But the response from readers has been extremely warm and most gratifying. We should like to express our sincere thanks to all those who sent good wishes and encouraging comments - some of these are given at the end of the bulletin.

The clear message of the many comments and suggestions we received is that Non-Wood News fills a felt need. It serves to keep interested institutions and individuals in touch with important developments taking place in the area of non-wood forest products and it facilitates informal and constructive contacts among those working on non-wood products.

Our efforts in assembling Non-Wood News revealed to us that much has been taking place at different levels - international, regional, national and local - in many different parts of the world, involving the private sector, NGOs and government agencies. If these activities could be coordinated, through collaborative and cooperative action, they would provide the impetus needed for phenomenal and sustainable development of the non-wood forest products sector.

In promoting such collaboration, Non-Wood News is striving to pursue its mission: to serve as an effective vehicle for the dissemination of ideas and information.

Items of information in Non-Wood News are contributed by many people and institutions. We are obliged to them and look forward to their continued support.


ANNOUNCEMENT
ANDRÉ MAYER RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP - 1994-95

FAO is seeking qualified candidates to undertake a 15-month research programme on the "Valuation of forests in investment projects - review of methodologies and proposals for improvement". The selected candidates, both male and female and from developed or developing countries, are expected to be based at the University of Minnesota and to undergo attachments for research purposes at FAO headquarters in Rome as well as at the major international development banks active in forestry lending. The following summarizes the proposed study:

The André Mayer Research Fellowship study would document and analyse experiences and results of currently available methods for valuation of forests and trees during investment preparation; indicate shortcomings of current methodologies in the full valuation of forest products and services; highlight those methodologies that hold most promise for practical application and inclusion in mainstream use for investment preparation; suggest how to apply the best methods so as to bring the economic contribution of forests and trees to the same level of analytical reliability as for other land-using options.

The study would include land development programmes involving conversion of forests to other land uses as well as forestry projects themselves. Attempts would be made to cover examples from both developed and developing countries and also to include private sector approaches as they become more sensitive to public concerns over benefits to society and the environment.

Qualifications: M.Sc. or Ph.D. in Natural Resource Economics, Forestry Economics or Economics of a closely allied land-using sector but with career exposure to forestry; practical experience in investment project preparation, appraisal or evaluation, preferably with an international organization; excellent English and a working knowledge of French or Spanish.

For more information, please contact Director, Forest Policy and Planning Division
FAO Forestry Department
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00100 Rome, Italy.
Fax: +396 52255514;
Email: Mafa.Chipeta@fao.org.

 

NON-WOOD NEWS

NON-WOOD NEWS is compiled by C. Chandrasekharan and L. Russo, Wood and Non-wood Products Utilization Branch (FOPW) of the FAO forest Products Division. Assistance is provided by Tina Etherington, FOPW.

NON-WOOD NEWS - FOPW
FAO, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00100 Rome, Italy
E-mail: non-wood-news@fao.org
www.fao.org/forestry/nwfp/nonwood.htm
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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.