Non-Wood News 3

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SPECIAL FEATURES

The vegetable kingdom
Impact of international agreements on NWFPS
Which genetic improvement for NWFPs?
Non-wood products: not only from natural forests
Surfing with NWFPs

NEWS AND NOTES

Announcement
Bamboo on E-mail
Bamboo/rattan socio-economic database in Indonesia
Bamboo in Zhejiang Province in China
Australian Bamboo Network
Clean water with Moringa seeds
Starch from palm
Marketing of NWFPs in Canada
Support for NWFP production to Chinese farmers
Certification of NWFPs in Brazil
Dammar mata kucing agroforestry in Sumatra
Collection of NWFPs in Kerala
Rainstick trade
New fruits from the Amazon rain forest
Juice from cashew apple in Viet Nam
Non-timber forest products research in Guyana
NTFP network in the Philippines
NWFP programme in Central Africa
The National Research Centre for Agroforestry (NRCAF)
Community Development Association
Green gold: ginseng in Virginia
Drugs from bugs
Bioprospecting or "biopiracy"?
Fiji works to regulate bioprospecting

PRODUCTS AND MARKETS

Cacay or Orinoco nut
Yicib nut
Argan nut
Olibanum, myrrh, opopanax
Dammar
Benzoin
Chicle
Cochineal
Henna
Kamala

COUNTRY COMPASS

Argentina
Bangladesh
Bhutan
olivia
Brazil
Cambodia
Cameroon
Chile
China
Costa Rica
Cuba
Ecuador
Gabon
Guatemala
Honduras
India
Indonesia
Islamic Republic of Iran
Jamaica
Jordan
Laos
Malaysia
Mali
México
Myanmar
Perú
São Tome and Principe
Sénégal
South Pacific Islands
Sudan
Syrian Arab Republic
United Republic of Tanzania
Turkey
Venezuela
Viet Nam

ECONOOK

NWFPs and buffer zone management in Thailand
Los PFNM y el manejo de zonas de amortiguamiento del Ecuador
Wildlife exploitation for bushmeat in Equatorial Guinea
Soft management options for wildlife

INTERNATIONAL ACTION

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Cooperative Research Network on Nuts
Centre for Economic Botany, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Appropriate Technology International (ATI)
Asia Network for Small-scale Agricultural Bioresources (ANSAB)
The International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR)
International Center for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF)
Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS)
Trade Records and Analysis of Flora and Fauna in Commerce (TRAFFIC)
Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
Tropenbos

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Non-Wood News 3

AN INFORMATION BULLETIN ON NON-WOOD FOREST PRODUCTS

March 1996


EDITORIAL

Non-wood forest products mean different things to different people: products for subsistence to tide over distress periods; minor products for local use; valuable sources of medicines and food additives; genetic materials for human survival; a store of biochemical diversity; the base of sophisticated consumer products such as cosmetics, flavours and fragrances; and the core of sustainable forestry. In these perceptions there is an underlying attribute: these products are potentially useful.

The products result from a physical process carried out to transform inputs of goods and services into outputs of other goods and services. Market values of products are determined by the interaction of supply and demand. The less obvious but equally important non-market values are often not quantified (since they are enjoyed by society as a whole and not apportioned by individual use), even though theoretically they should appear in intersectoral transactions in national accounts.

A system of prices or attributable values will only be as good as the information on which it is based. For individual non-wood forest products the information needs to cover the nature and extent of the resources, the technology and costs involved in management and harvesting, the quality attributes of products and processing details, sustainable availability, and the uses and advantages in comparison with substitutes. Sustainable utilization of non-wood forest products as a group of goods and services can be promoted effectively only with adequate, specific and relevant information. The information available - indigenous, traditional or modern - is mostly scattered and adequate efforts have not been made to consolidate and validate it. Dissemination of information is also insufficient. This calls for enormous and cooperative efforts by all concerned.

As an initial step FAO proposes to prepare a compendium of information on goods and services (products) and on information sources, both national and international. We would greatly appreciate it if readers could provide us with any information they have. This, in due course, will be processed, with an acknowledgement to the contributor, and will be distributed to all those interested in the subject.

 

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.

If you have any material that could be included in the next issue of Non-Wood News for the benefit of other readers, kindly send it, before 30 September 1996, to:

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
FAO home page: www.fao.org


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.