For more information, please contact: Mr. Jerry
Vanclay, Centre for International Forestry Research, PO Box 6596, JKPWB,
(Please see under International Action for more information on FLORES.)
The seminar was organized by the Tropenbos Foundation in order to present and reflect the results of research carried out by the Tropenbos NTFP programme between 1994 and 1999 and to discuss directions for future research. Some 100 participants, mainly representing Dutch universities, research institutions and donor organizations, attended the seminar.
For more information, please contact: Dr. Mirjam
A.F. Ros-Tonen, NTFP Officer, The Tropenbos Foundation, PO Box 232, 6700 AE
Wageningen, the Netherlands.
(Please see under International Action for more information on Tropenbos.)
This workshop was organized by the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), This network of bamboo and rattan producing countries has its Secretariat in Beijing and is funded by the People's Republic of China, Canada and the Netherlands, among others.
A Strategy Workshop formed the first part of this workshop. It was jointly organized by the Chinese Academy of Forestry, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, and INBAR. Mrs Jiang Zehui, Co-Chairperson of INBAR and spouse of the Chinese Prime Minister, and the Chinese Minister of Science and Technology opened the meeting. Twenty-nine participants from INBAR's member countries and three participants from non-member countries attended the workshop, and representatives from FAO, ITTO, CIFOR and IPGRI attended as observers. Dr Wulf Killmann, Director, Forest Products Division, represented FAO in the discussions, gave a presentation on FAO's NWFP Programme, chaired a session and participated in the Panel discussion.
For more information, please contact:
International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), Branch Box 155, P.O. Box
9799, Beijing, China 100101.
This workshop was organized by IFAD, FAO and IUCN. IFAD, with FAO support, is preparing a special programme for Asia (SPA) designed to counter the negative impact of the region's economic crisis on the poorest people in rural areas. The programme plans to include 12 countries with an average of three «pilot» projects/country, with a 10-year duration. Total budget for the programme is approx. US$650 million.
The SPA has chosen to concentrate on «indigenous and marginal upland people» (IMPs) as the group most vulnerable to the negative impacts of the crisis. The programme goal is to achieve a situation in which «indigenous inhabitants and other marginal upland people have improved and increasingly resilient livelihoods through secure and sufficient access to and control over their natural resources, and these resources are managed in a sustainable way».
As a consequence of choosing to concentrate on IMPs in upland areas, a significant part of the programme approach is concerned with local forestry and natural resource management. FAO's Community Forestry Unit is therefore providing backstopping during the current conceptual design phase of the programme and expects to continue its involvement during further design and implementation phases.
For more information, please contact: Mr D.
Shallon, Community Forestry Unit, Forestry Department, FAO, Viale delle Terme de
Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy.
The focus of the Workshop was on both the institutional framework (policy and legislation) and implementation approaches needed to enable the development of participatory forestry for sustainable use of forest resources in Africa.
For more information, please contact: Dr
Katherine Warner, Community Forestry Unit, Forestry Department, FAO, Viale delle
Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy.
The workshop was jointly organized by FAO's Regional Office for the Near East (RNE), the Ministry of Agriculture of Lebanon, and FAO's Wood and Non-Wood Products Utilization Branch (FOPW) and was a follow-up to a regional meeting on medicinal, culinary and aromatic plants held in Cairo in May 1997.
The main objectives of the workshop, which was attended by 25 participants from 9 countries including representatives of international organizations, were:
· to exchange information on new developments and activities on NWFPs in the Near East region among the various actors involved;
· to review the status of implementation of the recommendations of the Cairo meeting and, in particular, to improve the availability of country data on NWFP use; and
· to present a draft framework for regional cooperation on NWFPs and seek consensus from the participants.
The programme of the workshop consisted of: (i) keynote presentations on important topics as identified during the Cairo meeting in 1997; (ii) country presentations on NWFP activities and national data; (iii) presentations from invited organizations on their activities related to NWFPs; and (d) discussion of a draft framework for regional cooperation in the Near East on NWFPs.
The representatives of the countries participating at the meeting (Iran, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Cyprus, Syria, Jordan, Turkey and Sudan) made presentations on the status of NWFP in their countries. Presentations covered ongoing activities and available data on NWFP use. Invited international organizations (WWF Mediterranean Programme, UN/SRDC and IPGRI) also made presentations on their activities.
For more information, please contact: Mr A.
Al-Fares, Forestry Officer, Regional Office for the Near East (RNE), P.O. Box
2223, Cairo, Egypt.
Fax: + 20-2- 7495981
(Please see under International Action for more information on this workshop.)
This one day forum, organized by Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (EMBRAPA) and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), aimed to learn about the problems facing Amazonian forests and identify areas of research that could have the greatest impact in conserving the region's forests and improving the well-being of its people. Among the topics discussed, one of direct relevance to NWFPs was introduced by a presentation on: «Alternative scenarios for the extractive economy, the case of the Alto Juruá Extractive Reserve, Acre», made by Prof. Mauro Almeida, University of Campinas.
(Source: CIFOR News, No. 23, September 1999.)
For more information, please contact: Mr David
Kaimowitz, CIFOR, P.O. Box 6596, JKPWB, Jakarta 10065, Indonesia.
The workshop brought together 45 individuals representing certification and accreditation bodies, environment organizations and producer groups. It was the second such workshop organized by the Falls Brook Centre as part of their Certification and Marketing Program and built on the work being undertaken by a number of organizations to develop viable systems of certification for NTFPs and agroforestry products and to increase collaboration between certification programs. The aim of this workshop was to identify tools and activities to make certification more accessible to producer groups and to renew participants' commitments to implement these solutions.
For more information, please contact: Pat
Mallet, Program Coordinator, Certification and Marketing Program, Falls Brook
Centre, 802-207 West Hastings, Vancouver, B.C. V6B 1H7, Canada.
(Please see under News and Notes [certification] for more information.)
The seminar was organized with the objective to transfer research output for industrial application through integrated research between herbal industries and research institutions and to promote conservation and sustainable utilization of medicinal plants. Thirty-five papers were presented to the 105 participants who attended the two-day seminar, organized as part of the FRIM Conference on Forestry and Forests Products Research 1999 Series.
(Source: Malaysian Timber Bulletin, Vol. 5 No. 4.)
For more information, please contact: Forest
Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), 52109 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Fax: +603 636 5687/6367753
FAO organized an International Technical Consultation, which reviewed the pressures and problems that currently confront protected areas and protected area managers, especially in developing countries.
For more information, please contact: Mr D. Williamson, Forest
Conservation Research and Education Service, Forestry Department, Via delle
Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy.
For more information, please contact: Prof.
Roger Malimbwi, Faculty of Forestry, Sokoine University of Agriculture, PO Box
3009 Chuo Kikuu, Morogoro, Tanzania.
For more information, please contact: Mr Prem
Nath, Assistant Director-General/Regional Representative for Asia and the
Pacific, RAP, Maliwan Mansion, Phra Atit Road, Bangkok 10200, Thailand.
For more information, please contact: Dr Elena
Muratova, V.N. Sukachev Institute of Forest, Russian Academy of Sciences,
Siberian Branch, Academgorodok, Krasnoyarsk, Russia 660036.
This workshop was organized by the Ghana Ministry of Lands and Forestry (MLF) with funds from the World Bank GEF/PDF-B programme.
For more information, please contact: Mr John
Lambert, Medicinal Plant Specialist, AFTR2, The World Bank, Washington, DC,
(Please see under Country Compass (Ghana) for more information on this workshop.)
This course was designed to assist communities in increasing forest products industry recruitment and offered an opportunity to gain information on industry resources, meet key industry contacts and learn economic development strategies for business development. Among the topics covered was Special Forest Products: what they are, how they relate to Southwest Virginia and how they can help economic development in rural areas.
For more information, please visitwww.conted.vt.edu/forestry/community.htm
For more information, please contact: Dr Victor
The meeting was organized within the framework of Agenda 21, Chapter 13 «Sustainable Mountain Development» and as a follow-up to the recommendations of the Mountain Forum Facilitating Committee. It was supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and was sponsored by FAO, UNEP, ILRI and ICRAF. The meeting was attended by 27 participants, including a number of national, regional and international institutions. Among the subjects discussed, and decided, was the setting up of an African Network on Mountains. This network will constitute the African node of the Mountain Forum, to which it will be affiliated.
For more information, please contact: Mr El
Hadji M. Sene, Director, Forest Resources Division, Forestry Department, FAO,
Viale delle Terme de Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy
This workshop was sponsored by the International Centre for Research and Training on Seabuckthorn (ICRTS), together with the Chinese Ministry of Water Resources and the United Nations Development Programme.
For more information, please contact: Ms Meng
Xiaotang, ICRTS, Jia 11, Yuetanbeixiaojie, Beijing 100037, China.
This seminar was organized by the European Forest Institute (EFI) and aimed to present and open a discussion on its ongoing research, as well as that of its member organizations. The topics included the issues of societal, economic and environmental values of forests to society and the implementation through policies to facilitate gaining the full value.
For more information, please contact: European
Forest Institute, Torikatu 34, FIN- 80100 Joensuu, Finland.
For more information, please contact: Mr
Natalino Silva, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, CP 48, CEP 66240,
Belem, Para, Brazil.
For more information, please contact: Mr Gunnar
Josting, Koordinator, IFSS-Team Freiburg, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg,
Freiburg D-79106, Germany.
(Please see under News and Notes for more information.)
For more information, please contact: Mr John
Ingram, NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, GCTE Focus 3 Office, Crowmarsh
Gifford, Wallingford, Oxon OX10 3BB, UK.
E-mail: email@example.com .
For more information, please contact: Mr Melpo
Skoula, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, PO Box 85, GR-73 100
The Conference was organized and led by a steering committee composed of representatives from the: Natural Resources Canada (Canadian Forest Service), USDA Forest Service, University of Victoria, Manitoba Model Forest, National Aboriginal Forestry Association and the Taiga Institute for Land, Culture and Economy. Main conference sponsors were the Government of Canada, Industry Canada, the USDA Forest Service and the Lake of the Wood business association. The Conference was attended by 154 participants (mainly from Canada, USA and Mexico, but also from Russia and China) and included senior government officials, researchers, technical experts, representatives of NGOs, indigenous peoples and the private sector.
The main objectives of the Conference were to:
· assess NTFPs as new economic development options for aboriginal and other forest communities;
· exchange information between entrepreneurs, government officials and scientists;
· explore the use of local knowledge and forest inventory science for sustainable NTFP harvesting and conservation monitoring;
· examine sustainable harvesting methods; and
· assess NTFPs as an economic development option.
The Conference aimed at facilitating the growth of a sustainable NWFP sector by integrating current market trends in the natural products industry with recent advances in forest inventory science and knowledge of local NWFP entrepreneurs and harvesters. Options were further explored for an environmentally sustainable, socially equitable and economically profitable development of the NWFP sector in North America. Key NWFPs reviewed were mushrooms, medicinal plants, berries, handicrafts and floral greens, essential oils, resins, maple and birch syrups, nuts, forest vegetables, wild rice and wildlife for hunting and furs.
Mr Paul Vantomme, Forestry Officer (NWFP), represented FAO and was the opening keynote speaker. Conference participants were very interested in learning from successful experiences on NWFP management and utilization from developing countries and looked to FAO as a neutral forum and centre of excellence for information sharing and for exploring ways of collaboration and mutual support.
For more information, please contact: Mr Iain
Davidson-Hunt, Taiga Institute for Land, Culture and Economy. 300-120 Second St.
S., Kenora, ON, Canada P9N 1E9.
Organized by FAO at its Rome Headquarters with the aim to discuss ways of better informing decision-makers, media and the public at large on the essential role of rural women in agricultural development and their contribution to food security.
For more information, please contact: Women and
Population, Sustainable Development Dimensions, Sustainable Development
Department (SD), FAO, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy.
A paper on NWFPs in low forest cover countries was prepared by FAO and discussed at the meeting.
For more information, please contact: Mr J.
Ball, Coordinator, Forest Programmes Coordination and Information Unit, Forestry
Department, FAO, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy.
or Mr Gamal Mohamed Ahmed, FAO Representative, PO Box 15875-4557, Teheran, Iran.
Para más información, dirigirse a:
Secretaria del Congreso
Galeras Nº 13, Oficina 4
15705 Santiago de Compostela, España.
Fax: (+34 981) 582133
The meeting was aimed at reviewing and revising an operational framework to guide future efforts and shape a common agenda for the development of sustainable cocoa, coffee and cashew systems in Africa. The meeting was attended by 120 people from the United States, Europe and 10 African countries from a broad range of stakeholders including industry, farmer organizations, research institutions, trade organizations, commodity groups, governments, NGOs and international development agencies.
At the meeting, a paper by R. Leakey analysed the domestication of NWFPs and the role of agroforestry systems in meeting people's needs for food security and income generation. The paper was entitled «Win:Win landuse strategies for Africa: matching economic development with environmental benefits through tree crops».
For more information, please contact: Mr Jeff
Conference topics included:
· From the wild: BC native species of culinary and medicinal mushrooms;
· Mushroom cultivation - focusing on speciality and organic production;
· Managing forest lands for multiple value;
· Products and services for mushroom lovers;
· New products and research in pharmaceutical and nutraceutical fungi;
· Selling your mushroom product - a marketing panel;
· Doing business with first nations;
· Mushrooms: a walk on the wild side - introduction to gathering and identification;
· Cultivating mushrooms on wood, wood waste and other media;
· Managing forest land and woodlots for multiple values including mushroom production;
· Innovation and marketing of mushroom products and services; and
· The science and technology of pharmaceutical and nutraceutical fungi.
For more information, please contact: Ms Marilyn Hutchinson
This Conference was organized by IPALAC and sponsored by UNESCO's Division of Ecological Sciences, Finland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Israel's Center for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV).
For more information, please contact: Mr Arnie
Schlissel, Administrative Coordinator, IPALAC - International Programme for Arid
Land Crops, c/o Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, P.O.B. 653, Beer Sheva,
Fax: 972 7 647 2984
(Please see under International Action for more information on IPALAC.)
For more information, please contact: Forestry
Extension Officer, Forest Resources Division, Forestry Department, FAO, Viale
delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy.
Suade Arancli, Ministry of Forestry, Ataturk Bulvar_ 06100 No:153, Bakanl_klar-Ankara, Turkey.
(See International Action for more information on this workshop.)
Organized by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, the purpose of this international meeting was to advise on the development of a framework for better and more effective information networking systems for multi-stakeholders working on medicinal plants. The meeting brought together an international group of medicinal plant experts from diverse disciplines to focus global attention on medicinal plants and to promote regional and international collaboration networks that will influence policies and promote strategic actions on medicinal plants. The meeting resulted in the elaboration and review of a set of guidelines for the conception, design, mission and implementation procedures of a global medicinal plants conservation network "Medplanet", for which start-up funding will be provided by IDRC. Mr Paul Vantomme, Forestry Officer (NWFP) represented FAO.
For more information, please contact: Mr Joachim
Voss, Senior Research Manager, Programs Branch, IDRC, 250 Albert Street, PO Box
8500, Ottawa, Canada K1G 3HP.
For more information, please contact: Dr Ram
Prasad, Director, Indian Institute of Forest Management, PO Box 357, Nehru
Nagar, Bhopal, India-462 003
Mr P. Durst, Regional Forestry Officer, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP), Phra Atit Road, Bangkok 10200, Thailand.
For more information, please contact: Mr Alejandro Camino D.C., HimalAndes Initiative, Independencia 461, Miraflores, Lima 18, Peru.
E-mails: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .
Cet atelier, organisé par le Réseau Femmes Africaines pour le Développement Durable (REFADD), une ONG camerounaise a regroupé une quarantaine de participants: représentants de l'ONADEF (Office National pour le Développement des Forêts), de la coopération canadienne, du bureau régional de l'UNESCO, des syndicats forestiers, des organisations internationales, (UICN et CIFOR), des initiatives sous-régionales REPOFBAC (Réseau des experts en politiques forestières dans le Bassin du Congo).
A l'atelier, un papier sur les nécessités de l'éducation environnementale des femmes et de leur intégration dans la gestion des ressources naturelles a été présenté. Le papier, intitulé «Gestion des produits forestiers non-ligneux en zone de forêt humide du Cameroun» avait été préparé par Danielle Lema Ngono, Ousseynou Ndoye et Antoine Eyebe du CIFOR.
Pour plus de détails, veuillez contacter: Mme.
Jeanne Marie Mindja, Coordinatrice - communication du reseau REPOFBAC/REFADD,
Présidente Groupe des Amis de l'UNESCO et de l'Environnement "GRAMUE", BP 12909,
Pour plus de détails, veuillez contacter: M.
Pape Koné, Forestier Principal, Bureau régional pour l'Afrique (RAF), PO Box
1628, Accra, Ghana
Fax : +233-21-668427
E-Mail : Pape.Kone@fao.org
For more information, please contact: Prof.
Dorival C. Bruni, President, Brazilian Society for the Environment (BIOSFERA),
P.O. Box 2432, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, CEP: 20001-970, Brazil.
Fax: +55-21-221-0155/ 2217626
Cette réunion, organisée dans le cadre du Programme des Ressources Génétiques Forestières en Afrique au Sud du Sahara (SAFORGEN) de l'IPGRI, avait pour objectif la définition des priorités pour la sélection des espèces ligneuses médicinales africaines pour l'établissement d'un réseau.
Pour plus de détails, veuillez contacter: E.
Adjanohoun, Directeur du CENPREBAF (Centre Pilote Régional de la Biodiversite
Africaine), Campus Universitaire d'Abomey-Calavi (UNB), 07 B.P. 0168 Cotonou 07,
For more information, please contact: Dr John
Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College organized a one-day event at the Millennium Dome, London, to present the proposals for a new environmental award for tourism and recreation in forests. This is the concluding event for the Tourfor (Tourism in Forests) project, a three-year European Community Life project funded by the Directorate General XI (environment) seeking to encourage environmentally sensitive tourism and recreation to support sustainable forest management.
For more information, please contact:
Buckinghamshire University College, Wellesbourne Campus, Kingshill Road, High
Wycombe, HP13 5BB, UK.
Fax: +44-01494 465432
This International Expert Meeting brought together for the first time the experts concerned with rattan research and development in Africa and presented the current «state of the knowledge» of the rattan sector in key areas of the continent. The meeting also made recommendations and drew up an appropriate strategy by which rattans can meaningfully contribute to the sustainable development of the forests of western and central Africa.
For more information, please contact: Mr Terry Sunderland,
African Rattan Research Programme, Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew,
Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB, UK.
Mr Jean-Pierre Profizi, PAFT Gabon, BP 199, Libreville, Gabon.
(Please see under Products and Markets for more information on rattans.)
This workshop, partially sponsored by the Zeri Institute and the Handicrafts Association of Colombia, in cooperation with the Bamboo Society of Colombia, aimed to provide a way to increase synergy between government planning departments and innovative architecture under a program entitled «Grow your own house».
In the majority of the cities and fields of the municipalities that were affected by the earthquake of 25 January 1999, there has been a long tradition of utilizing the guadua in construction. Many individual houses, districts and complete towns were constructed utilizing the guadua bamboo as the central building element, which has over time resulted in the accumulation of a rich experience in the handling this bamboo material.
The objectives of the workshop were to: (i) offer the possibility to exchange research, methodologies and experiences in guadua from several points of view: environmental, cultivation, with special emphasis on housing and construction, and to open channels of marketing; and (ii) contribute to the process of reconstruction of the Cafetero Axis; utilizing the experiences found valid for bamboo constructions in zones of high earthquake risk.
For more information, please contact: Dr Ximena
Londoño, President, Colombian Bamboo Society, A.A. 661 Armenia, Quindio,
Fax +57-2-6683498 or +57-67-524005
Le programme scientifique inclut :
· politique environnementale et conventions internationales concernant la protection de la nature et des plantes médicinales; et
· le rôle des plantes dans l'équilibre des écosystèmes et les accidents d'intoxications;
Pour plus de détails, veuillez contacter:
Laboratoire d'Ethnobotanique et de Pharmacologie, B.P. 4102, 57040 Metz Cedex
This international short course, sponsored by CATIE and IUFRO, provided grass-root and hands-on experience in designing multipurpose resource inventories (MRI). The aim was to train participants in the design of MRIs for use in their own countries.
For more information, please contact: Dr Miguel Caballero Deloya,
Jefe. Area de Economía y Sociología de la Producción y la Conservación, Programa
de Investigación, CATIE 7170. Turrialba, Costa Rica.
Fax: +506-556 8514.
The Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) hosted a three-day legal conference to explore traditional resource rights, or cultural and intellectual property rights issues, affecting all Indigenous Peoples. The target audience was British Columbia first nation community members and workers, representatives from indigenous peoples from around the world, as well as the traditional resource rights and academic communities.
For more information, please contact: Mr Donald
Bain, Conference Coordinator, Protecting Knowledge, 5th Floor 342, Water Street,
Vancouver, BC, Canada.