Non-Wood News 7

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SPECIAL FEATURES

FOOD SECURITY ISSUES
COMMERCIAL USE OF BIODIVERSITY: ETHICAL AND LEGAL ASPECTS
DEFINITION OF NON-WOOD FOREST PRODUCTS

NEWS AND NOTES

AGROFORESTRY KNOWLEDGE TOOLKIT FOR WINDOWS (WINAKT)
ASPIRIN
BIENTÔT DES MEUBLES EN BAMBOU EUROPÉEN?
CERTIFICATION OF NWFPS
DEPENDENCE OF SELECTED INDIGENOUS PEOPLE ON NWFPS AND THEIR SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES
DIRECTORY OF INFORMATION RESOURCES FOR NON-TIMBER FOREST PRODUCTS
FOREST HARVEST
FOREST RESOURCE DATABASE ON 31 EUROPEAN COUNTRIES
GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT OUTLOOK 2000
HIGHER EDUCATION IN FORESTRY AND GROWING NEEDS REGARDING NON-WOOD FOREST PRODUCTS (NWFPS)
INTER-DEPARTMENTAL WORKING GROUPS ON BIOTECHNOLOGY, ORGANIC AGRICULTURE AND FOOD FOR THE CITIES
INTERNATIONAL NETWORK ON ETHNOFORESTRY (INEF)
INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF MOUNTAINS, 2002
INVENTORY
INVOLVING COMMUNITIES IN NON-TIMBER FOREST PRODUCTS RESEARCH
LEUVEN EARTH OBSERVATION CENTER
MANUEL DE VULGARISATION SUR LA GOMME ARABIQUE
MEDICINAL PLANTS - ACHIEVEMENTS, STATUS AND FUTURE PROSPECTS
MEDITERRANEAN AGRONOMIC INSTITUTE OF CHANIA (MAICH) - ACADEMIC YEAR
MIOMBO WOODLANDS RESEARCH
NON-TIMBER FOREST PRODUCT ECONOMY IN THE BRAZILIAN AMAZON AND MARKET SYSTEMS
NON-TIMBER FOREST PLANT RESOURCES IN NORTHWEST AMAZONIA
NWFPS IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC
PROMOTION OF CORK AND CORK PRODUCTS
RELATIONS VILLES-FORÊTS
SHEA PROJECT
SOME TIMBER AND NWFP RELATIONSHIPS IN CENTRAL AFRICA
THE CONTRIBUTION OF FOREST PRODUCTS TO FARMERS' CASH INCOMES
THE TEACHING CASE METHOD
WEALTH OF THE RAINFOREST _ PHARMACY TO THE WORLD
WHAT TYPE OF EXTENSION FOR NON-WOOD FOREST PRODUCTS?
WOMEN AND NON-TIMBER FOREST PRODUCTS _ CALL FOR COLLABORATION

PRODUCTS AND MARKETS

  • Bamboo and rattan
  • Benecol - a most unusual non-timber forest product
  • Black buckthorn
  • Cinchona and its product - quinine
  • Ginger
  • Mushrooms
  • Quebracho
  • COUNTRY COMPASS

    Albania
    Argentina
    Australia
    Belize
    Burkina Faso
    Cameroon
    Chile
    Costa Rica
    Cuba
    El Salvador
    Ghana
    Guatemala
    Guyana
    Honduras
    Hungary
    India
    Indonesia
    Italy
    Kenya
    Lao PDR
    Malaysia
    Mali
    Mozambique
    Nepal
    Nicaragua
    Philippines
    Russian Federation
    Senegal
    Tanzania
    Tchad
    Thailand
    Viet Nam
    United States of America

    ECONOOK

    "CARTONS 4 TREES" COMPETITION
    ECOTAX ON TOURISM
    ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT OF TOURISM AND RECREATION IN FORESTS
    MESOAMERICAN TRAIL PROJECT: A REGIONAL TRAIL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE UNDER WAY IN CENTRAL AMERICA

    INTERNATIONAL ACTION

    FAO (FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF UNITED NATION)
    CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL FORESTRY RESEARCH (CIFOR)
    FORAFRI

    INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME FOR ARID LAND CROPS (IPALAC)
    INTERNATIONAL TROPICAL TIMBER ORGANIZATION (ITTO)
    TROPENBOS FOUNDATION
    WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY (WCS)

    RECENT EVENTS

    FORTHCOMING EVENTS

    PUBLICATIONS OF INTEREST

    WEB SITES

    READER'S RESPONSE

     

    Non-Wood News 7

    AN INFORMATION BULLETIN ON NON-WOOD FOREST PRODUCTS

    March 2000


    EDITORIAL

    Another year has passed, dense with developments and activities in the field of NWFPs. It is becoming harder for us to keep Non-Wood News to a reasonable size while still trying to report on some of the main developments (events, publications of interest, new projects, emerging research topics) as well as giving our readers an opportunity to see their contributions included and shared - that "networking" role which we consider so important.

    This year, Non-Wood News gives ample space to the important and controversial subject of "bioprospecting"' and to the various ethical issues linked to it. The ethical issues related to the marketing of NWFPs are also the focus of an increasing number of organizations which promote fair trade.

    Social and ethical issues are also important in the consideration of the role of NWFPs in securing access to food. The need to concentrate efforts on the malnourished and the food vulnerable people is a priority of FAO in all fields, including forestry. NWFPs and food security is one of the special features of this issue.

    The information in this issue on the potential of NWFPs as a source of food in Africa results from the collection of quantitative and qualitative information on the exploitation practices and production levels of major NWFPs which we have carried out in collaboration with 52 African and Caribbean countries. Last year, the preliminary results were discussed in five regional workshops in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Gabon, Côte d'Ivoire and Trinidad and Tobago. The feedback regarding the need for and the contents of national data collection on NWFPs is of great relevance and will have important bearings on FAO's work in this field. One aspect which has emerged is the importance of reporting on the service values of the forests in national forest statistics and, therefore, the need to put some fresh efforts into this aspect (in terms of developing a definition and classification of forest services, assessment methods, etc).

    Being multidisciplinary by nature, NWFPs will benefit from the joint efforts of different actors. FAO is moving more and more into the establishment of interdepartmental interest groups on various aspects of NWFPs that will draw on the expertise of a wide range of technical staff.

    Medicinal plants will be the first group of NWFPs to be the subject of an FAO interdepartmental group.

    Thank you all for your support, comments and contributions, which we hope will continue into this millennium.

     

    NON-WOOD NEWS

    Non-Wood News is compiled by Laura Russo and Tina Etherington, Wood and Non-Wood Products Utilization Branch (FOPW) of the FAO Forest Products Division. Editing support for this issue was provided by Helena Kastel, Paul Vantomme and Sven Walter; design, graphics and desktop publishing coordinated by Tina Etherington. Non-Wood News is open to contributions by readers. Contributions may be edited to fit the appropriate size and focus of the bulletin. 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 2000, to:

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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.