No. 07/01

1. Non-Wood News
2. Forestry Short Courses
3. Central Asian Mountain Information Network
4. Truffle Research
5. The Fungal Jungal
6. New search engine
7. Small enterprise development Web sites
8.Species Conservation Database WISIA-online now Available
9. Request for help: training materials
10. Request for help: effect of RIL on NTFPs
11. NWFP Consultancy Opportunity
12. Scientific Boards Society of Research Institute of Forests & Rangelands
13.International Doctoral Program for Development Studies
14. New Forests Project
15. Revista Forestal en Intenet
16. Bushmeat hunting threatens African wildlife
17. Forthcoming events
18. Publications of interest
19. Miscellaneous announcements

1. Non-Wood News

From: FAO's NWFP Programme

FAO's Non-Wood Forest Products programme has just published the latest issue ofNon-Wood News(no. 8), their annual bulletin covering all aspects of NWFP.Special Features in this issue cover NWFP in French-speaking African countries, and the Plan of Action towards sustainable development of the rattan sector.

Electronic copies of all previous issues ofNon-Wood News,are available on the NWFP home page:

For a hard copy, please send an e-mail

2. Forestry Short Courses

From: Francesca Romano (

The Forest Conservation, Research and Education Service of the FAO Forestry Department has just completed a new database on Short Courses and Related Subjects.

The database is available on line on the FAO web site:

The database is meant to provide information on short courses available worldwide on forestry and related subjects, such as watershed management, protected areas and wildlife management, ecotourism.Users can search according to training area, institution and country.Information can be obtained on specific training courses and on the institution providing the course.

The database is designed for a broad range of external users. Besides providing information to students and people interested in forestry, it gives education and training institutions the possibility to advertise the short courses they offer. For this reason it is very important that the database is constantly updated.

Therefore, we invite you send to us new or updated information, and distribute the database address widely to users and institutions.

For more information, please contact:

Forestry Education Officer
Forest Conservation, Resources and Education Service
Forestry Department, FAO
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00100 Rome, Italy

3. Central Asian Mountain Information Network

From: FAO's NWFP Programme (from the mountain forum listserve)

The Central Asian Mountain Information Network (CAMIN) is presenting the status of the strategy and action plan development for sustainable mountain area development in Central Asia both at national and regional level. The presentation will take place on 5 and 6 June 2001 in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.

In the same context of CAMIN, representatives of the member national working groups carried out a workshop in October 2000 and decided that a regional organization for sustainable mountain area development is required. This organization has preliminarily been called "Regional Mountain Centre of Central Asia" (REMOCCA). The establishment of such an organization is also part of the regional strategy and action plan for sustainable mountain area development in Central Asia. The so-called "REMOCCA Working Group" will have its constitutional meeting on 5 and 6 June 2001 in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.

For more information, please contact:
Natalja Korostelyova
Tel. + 996 312 660549
Fax . +996 312 610324

4. Truffle Research

From: Daniel B. Wheeler []

I am currently doing research on a truffle found in most of the Eastern United States, as well as Quebec and Mexico. The species isTuber lyonii, which has also been calledT. rufumandT. texense. It may be found in nearly everywhere any of the following trees are found: Shagbark hickory, American basswood, Scarlet oak, several other oak species, pecan, and likely other tree species as well. The largest collections to date have been associated with either American basswood or pecan.

Because of the wide range involved, there is also a considerable variation in fruiting times. The fungus has been reported from as early as June in Mexico and southern Texas, to as late as March in Minnesota "a week after the snows went off".

Truffles are economically important world-wide, and have an enviable position among gourmets. Last year, the Italian White truffle (Tuber magnatum) sold for US$7 000/lb in a charity auction, according to a published report by the BBC.

The wide range and fruiting times indicateT. lyoniimay also be a fungus of some economic importance, but it appears to have been largely ignored for nearly 100 years (it was first collected in 1903).

To proceed with its development, I need to know how common it is at this time and how much is available.

For more information, please visit:

5. The Fungal Jungal

From: FAO's NWFP Programme

The Fungal Jungal is the Web site of the Western Montana Mycological Association (WMMA). The WMMA mission statement is to: further educate people about fungi, edible and otherwise, encourage sustainable and responsible mushroom harvest, and preserve mushroom habitat."

For more information, please contact:
Larry Evans
POB 7306
Missoula, Montana 59807

6. New search engine

From: Damien Gentilleau (

I would like to introduce our new web site to you :
This is the first real agricultural search engine (not a directory site). You can search for information on 300.000 web pages (growing regularly).

7. Small enterprise development Web sites

From: The ntfped listserve

These sites might of interest for all of you working in Small Enterprise Development.

8.Species Conservation Database WISIA-online now Available

From: Natalie Hofbauer, Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, []

Atwww.wisia.dethe German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (Bundesamt für Naturschutz, BfN) has recently launched a searchable database which holds information on the national and international protection status of more than 10.000 animal and plant species.

This internet tool presents, for the first time, a synoptic view of the diverse field of species conservation legislation. A permanent up-date of data is guaranteed by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (Bundesamt für Naturschutz) as soon as one of the relevant species conservation regularizations is amended.

The database holds information on animals of 1407 genera and 7218 species, on the plant side it contains 2821 species from 1034 genera. The CITES-EC Regulation No 338/97 alone, which implements CITES in the European Union, covers 4756 animal species in its Annexes A and B.

With WISIA-online the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation provides an important service for everyone concerned with species conservation. It is a useful tool for customs officers, companies trading animals and plants, animal breeders and plant nurseries, associations, and in general for the interested public.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Uwe Schippmann
Bundesamt für Naturschutz
Konstantinstraße 110
D-53179 Bonn, Germany
directory for Medicinal Plant
Medicinal Plant Conservation Newsletters:

9. Request for help: training materials

From: Abhishek Lal []

I am looking for business training materials designed for NWFP enterprises.This is part of some research I am doing for a non-profit conservation group called Innovative Resources Management.

More specifically, I'm seeking information that could help train new NWFP businesses in product feasibility analysis and marketing.Information on standard formats for product feasibility analysis and rural based marketing would also be useful.

Any help would be appreciated.

For more information, please contact:
Abhishek Lal
Innovative Resources Management
2421 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20037, USA
Phone: 202-293-8384
Fax: 202-293-8386

10. Request for help: effect of RIL on NTFPs

From: Erica Clark, Virginia Tech University (

I'm researching RIL (reduced impact logging) and Non-Timber forest Products (NTFPs) for advancing sustainable forest management and would like information about implementing RIL techniques for NTFPs.

In addition to information on this subject, I'm looking into the economic feasibility to implement RIL tactics and utilize NTFPs for sustainable forest management... and not coming up with a lot of case studies or real-life examples. Any ideas would be appreciated.

11. NWFP Consultancy Opportunity

From: Maureen DeCoursey []

A consultant in NWFP management is needed for ten months with ADB's Sundarbans Biodiversity Conservation Project (SBCP) in Bangladesh.

For more information, please contact David Shoch at Winrock International ( and/or Stephen Devenish, SBCP Team Leader (

12. Scientific Boards Society of Research Institute of Forests & Rangelands

From: Ali Salahi

The "Scientific Boards Society of Research Institute of Forests & Rangelands" (SBS-RIFR) has recently been formed with about 100 expert members.

SBS-RIFR covers different fields such as: forestry, forest management, forest harvesting, agroforestry, silviculture, biotechnology, rangelands, medicinal plants, forest health and environmental pollution, genetic, desertification control, forest improvement, wood and paper industries, etc.

SBS-RIFR is ready to start joint venture projects with other foreign companies and organizations in Iran and throughout the world. We hope our cooperation will lead to many problems in environment and natural resources being solved.

For more information, please contact:
Ali Salahi
Research Institute of Forests & Rangelands
Alborz Research Center
GPO Box 31585-343
Karaj, Iran.
Email: or
Fax: +98-261-6603482

13.International Doctoral Program for Development Studies

From: FAO's NWFP Programme (from the mountain forum listserve)

The Center for Development Research (ZEF) in Bonn, Germany, invites highly qualified, young scientists from developing countries to participate in its International Doctoral Program for Development Studies.

ZEF is a multi- and interdisciplinary institution with three departments:

· Political and Cultural Change (Prof. Dr. Andreas Wimmer),
· Economics and Technological Change (Prof. Dr. Joachim von Braun),
· Ecology and Resource Management (Prof. Dr. Paul. L.G. Vlek).

By pooling the expertise of these three departments, this three-year Doctoral Program enables the students to take advantage of ZEF's strength in interdisciplinary development research and cooperation with national and international institutions.

Its International Doctoral Program for Development Studies aims at further education of highly qualified young scientists around the world engaged in Development Economics, Policy Analysis, Sociology and International Resource Management, Agriculture and Forestry.

ZEF offers, on a competitive basis, doctoral degrees, which may be submitted in consultation with ZEF to any cooperating faculty, overseas or in Europe. The doctoral degrees may be in Social or Political Science, Economics, Agricultural Economics, Agriculture, Forestry or Natural Science. The entire program is in English. A two-month conversational German language course is offered at the beginning of the course program. The doctoral studies are associated with interdisciplinary and disciplinary courses. The empirical research has to be conducted at their specific location abroad, in developing countries or international institutions, in an environment with quality advisors and supervisors. ZEF supports individual students with funds for field research. Fellowships from several national and international foundations and sponsors are offered primarily to students from the developing countries.

The next deadline of applications for scholarships and admission to the International Doctoral Program is: 30 September 2001

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Gunther Manske
International Doctoral Program for Development Studies
Center for Development Research (ZEF)
Walter-Flex-Str. 3, 53113 Bonn, Germany
Tel.: ++49-(0)228-73-1794 or 1727
FAX: ++49-(0)228-73-1889
E mail:

14. New Forests Project

From: Arnie Schlissel []

The New Forests Project (NFP) is a people-to-people, direct-action program established in 1982 in an effort to initiate reforestation and reduce deforestation in "developing countries". Please visit their very informative Web site (also available in Spanish).

For more information, please contact:
The New Forests Project
731 Eighth Street
SE, Washington, DC 20003
Tel: +1-202-547-3800
Fax: +1-202-546-4784

15. Revista Forestal en Intenet

From: Alexandra Cortes []

Ya tenemos a disposición en Internet el último número de la Revista Forestal Centroamérica, una edición dedicada al IV Congreso Forestal Centroamericano, con las ponencias del encuentro hechas artículos.

Perspectivas < >
Editorial < >
Francisco Xavier Escorcia

Cuatro medio verdades: la relación bosques y agua en Centroamérica <>
David Kaimowitz

Comunicación Técnica
Relación entre incendios forestales, precipitación y temepratura. Su aplicación en cuatro escenarios climáticos de Nicaragua. <>
Douglas Rodríguez, Lucía Romero, Bruno Rapidel

Sensibilidad de las zonas de vida de Holdridge en Nicaragua en función del cambio climático. <>
Fernando Mendoza, Margarita Chévez, Benigno González

Bosques para siembre: una experiencia de manejo sostenible en la Amazonia brasileña <>.
Paulo Amaral

La situación forestal y las propuestas de acción del Grupo Intergubernamental del Bosque en los países de Centroamérica <>.
Dimas Arcia

Redes operativas: un mecanismo efectivo para promocionar el manejo de bosques tropicales <>.
Glenn Galloway

La educación ambiental, la extensión y la perspectiva de género: para enriquecer las propuestas metodológicas <>.
Lirae Sancho

Emergencia regional: Plaga de gorgojo de pino en Centroamérica < >

Proyecto de desarrollo sostenible del Petén (PDS) En el corazón del pueblo maya <>

Comprando madera por adelantado: Una nueva visión aplicada por FUNDECOR <>
Calendario de actividades <>
Sitios de interes en el WEB <>
Cambio climático y falta de cambio político < >
¿Qué informa la prensa? < >
Ponencias del IV Congreso Forestal Centroamericano <>
Publicaciones < >

Mayor información
Alexandra Cortes
Editora de la Revista Forestal Centroamericana
Unidad de Comunicación
Tel. (506) 558 2417
Fax. (506) 556 6282
CATIE 7170, Turrialba, Costa Rica
E-mail: < >

16. Bushmeat hunting threatens African wildlife

From: FAO's NWFP Programme

Bushmeat has become the most immediate threat to the future of wildlife populations in Africa, according to the Bushmeat Crisis Task Force. The task force, a consortium of conservation organizations and professionals, has just completed an international meeting to develop an action plan for countering this threat to wildlife.

For full text and graphics visit:

17. Forthcoming events

From: FAO's NWFP Programme (UNEP News Release ROAP/01/10)

World Summit on Sustainable Development
Johannesburg, South Africa
September 2002

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have begun regional preparations for the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

The three agencies will pool resources in organizing a series of subregional and regional consultative meetings with Governments and civil society organizations.

The Summit will come a decade after the historic United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, which adopted Agenda 21, the blueprint for sustainable development - and spawned the conventions on climate change, biological diversity and desertification.

The preparatory process will aim to assess the gains made and lessons learnt since the Rio Summit and identify the human and physical resources needed to reverse the decline in region's natural ecosystems.

It will propose policy initiatives that integrate poverty reduction, social development, governance and environmental improvement goals - now recognized as a critical factor for achieving sustainable development.

And it will identify priority projects to promote further implementation of Agenda 21, building on the Regional Action Programme for Environmentally Sound and Sustainable Development, 2001-2005, adopted at the Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific, in Kitakyushu, Japan last September.

Discussion papers identifying the experiences, challenges and new initiatives for sustainable development will be prepared for Central Asia, South Asia, South-East Asia, the South Pacific and North East Asia.

These will be reviewed at a series of multi-stakeholder 'roundtable' meetings and at intergovernmental meetings during the period June to August 2001.

For further information, please contact:
Surendra Shresta, Director UNEP Regional Resource Centre for Asia-Pacific

Tim Higham, Regional Information Officer, UNEP/ROAP, Bangkok, Thailand,
Karim, Chief, Environment Section, ESCAP,

David Lazarus, Chief, UNIS, Bangkok
. Warren Evans, Manager, Environment Division, Office of Environment and Social Development, Asian Development Bank,

Background information, and the dates and venues for the preparatory meetings, as they are confirmed, can be found at the following web sites:

18. Publications of interest

From: FAO's NWFP Programme

Gunasena, H.P.M. and Hughes, A. (2000) Tamarind. International Centre for Underutilised Crops, Southampton, UK.

A monograph on Tamarind (Tamarindus indica L.), published by the International Centre for Underutilised Crops, is an output from a research project funded by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) for the benefit of developing countries.

If you would like to receive a free copy of this monograph, please contact us at:
International Centre for Underutilised Crops

Newton, A.C. and Soehartono, T. (2001) CITES and the conservation of tree species: the case of Aquilaria in Indonesia. International Forestry Review 1/3 March 2001

19. Miscellaneous announcements

From: Katie Fernholz []

The Forest Stewardship Council and the FSC Lake States Working Group (LSWG) is releasing draft standards for the Lake States and Central Hardwoods region for public review and comment. The public comment period will last 60 days and close June 23rd.

The easiest way to review the draft standards is via the internet ( on the Lake States Region in the U.S. map on the top of the page. That will take you to the regional draft and a user-friendly, on-line comment forum. You also may download the regional draft in PDF format. Or if you prefer that we mail you a hard copy, please contact Michelle Peach ( As an alternative to the on-line comment forum, you may send written comments to:

Michelle Peach
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
2105 First Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404


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