African Rattan Research Programme


A Modern Herbal
The hypertext version of A Modern Herbal, first published in 1931, by Mrs. M. Grieve; it contains medicinal, culinary, cosmetic and economic properties, cultivation and folklore of herbs.

Bamboo internet resources

Free Searchable Non Timber Forest Product Bibliography Online
The web based international bibliographic database on NTFPs is a free, non-profit venture and is now online with over 1 300 entries. The database editorial committee is actively seeking authors to write critical reviews and abstracts for records. Details are on the Web site. Additionally, the editorial committee would like to know of any published materials on NTFPs not currently in the database.

The majority of records are currently in English because start-up funds originated from the U.S. National Assessment on Non-Timber Forest Products. However, the database reflects the fact that the majority of written material on NTFPs has occurred internationally. Options for expanding the database to include non-English publications pertaining to NTFPs are currently being explored. One challenge is to establish a multi-lingual oversight committee.

Biodiversity Conservation Network
The Biodiversity Conservation Network (BCN), a component of the Biodiversity Support Program (BSP), is an innovative USAID-funded program working in the Asia/Pacific Region to provide grants for community-based enterprises that directly depend on biodiversity.

Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM)
The general objective of this programme is to contribute to the sustainable enhancement of rural livelihoods in southern Africa by promoting a broader and deeper understanding of how natural resources can be used and managed sustainably through group based institutions and decision making.

The Ecotourism Society

Exploring Urban Non-Timber Forest Products
The hidden nutritional, economic, cultural, and educational resources of the urban environment.

Forêts & Dérivés

Greek Biotope Wetland Centre (EKBY)

Fantastic Forest by National Geographic.

Forest Trends
The mission of Forest Trends is to maintain and restore forest ecosystems by promoting incentives that diversify trade in the forest sector, moving beyond exclusive focus on lumber and fiber to a broader range of products and services.




Below is a selection of Web sites dealing with indigenous knowledge (IK):

This page of the Indian Institute of Forest Management's Web site provides a number of useful links on indigenous knowledge in forestry. It also carries a section of links on environmental ethics that points to information on ecological attitudes within different local communities and systems of thinking.

Indigenous Knowledge (IK)
This site was created and is maintained by the Centre for International Research and Advisory Networks (CIRAN) and aims to facilitate and improve the exchange of information within the International IK Network. CIRAN also provides the IK network with a journal and newsletter, the Indigenous Knowledge and Development Monitor, which is also available online

Indigenous Knowledge and Development Monitor
This newsletter focuses on the exchange of information on indigenous knowledge as it contributes to sustainable development. The monitor is published three times year and each issue contains three to six articles on the latest developments in various disciplines of IK research and practice.

Best Practices on Indigenous Knowledge
Nuffic-CIRAN and UNESCO have just finished the publication 'Best practices on indigenous knowledge'. This co-product is a contribution to all those efforts to show how indigenous knowledge can be put to good use in development practice.
The full text is available at:  
The complete descriptions of the selected best practices can be found at:

A regional information system on participatory natural resource management. The system is designed to provide a truly interactive platform to exchange and retrieve information and codified knowledge.

M.P. State Minor Forest Produce (Trading and Development) Cooperative Federation, India




Below are some of the several on-line databases dealing with plant names:

· The Global Plant Checklist Project

· Grey Card index

· Flora Europea

· Palm and Palm-Related Links

· The Plant Names Project




Planet Ark
Provides access to information sources such as Reuters Daily Environmental News and Reuters Environmental News Picture, ABC World Environmental News, and educational software about the environment.

ProFound - Advisers in Development

Special Forest Products Web site
This Web site is a cooperative effort by the Center for Forest Products Marketing and Management, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and the Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

Tourfor (environmental management of tourism in forests) European Commission project

World Rainforest Movement - Movimiento Mundial Por Los Bosques


CTFS E-mail Group

The Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS) has created an e-mail discussion group to facilitate conversations within the network concerning research and other activities related to Forest Dynamics Plots (FDPs).
To join the discussion group, send an e-mail containing your full name and e-mail address to

Rethinking Tourism Project (RTP)-rethinking-tourism eGroup
To receive the RTP newsletters and communications and subscribe to this listserve, send an e-mail to < > or visit their homepage at:

The Essential Oils Newsletter
Practical information and tips for using the healing, life-giving qualities of essential oils to create and maintain personal health and wellness.
For more information, please contact: Janet Steelman at:

The Overstory
This free non-commercial e-mail newsletter serves people and organizations working with tropical agroforestry, forestry and sustainable development. Each issue presents a key concept for designing sustainable, tree-based agricultural systems, and resources to help put the concept into practice.


"Voices from the Forest"
Bulletin of the NTFP Exchange Programme in Southeast Asia. The exchange programme, and the bulletin more in particular, aims to provide a platform for sharing forest community-based NTFP ideas and concerns, mainly through practical information and cases.


Learn from the mistakes of others.

You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.