Established in 1991, the promotion and development of non-wood forest products (NWFP) is one of the priority areas of FAO's Forestry Department. Our mission is to improve the sustainable utilization of NWFP in order to contribute to the wise management of the world's forests, to conserve their biodiversity, and to improve income generation and food security. 

The programme accomplishes this mission through three main areas:

News

NWFP Update No. 8 Just launched, special issue No.8 of the NWFP Update: "Perspectives on NWFPs: Taking stock, and moving forward." [more]
Beyond Timber: Forest management models for transforming conflict into cooperation A new study by Bioversity International finds that the competing needs of different groups who depend upon the Congo Basin rainforest can be met if innovative, new research-based models for multiple-use forest management are employed. The models, together with accompanying policy guidance, have been endorsed by the region’s forest administration body COMIFAC and offer the potential to alleviate both the conflict between groups and the pressures on the landscape, allowing livelihoods and forest to flourish. Underpinned by groundbreaking, multi-disciplinary, international research, the models embody combined insights into local people’s needs, the ecologicaland genetic basis of forest sustainability and regeneration, and the interests of commercial logging outfits. [more]
Beekeepers rejoice as karri forest in full bloom for first time in decades The giant trees near Pemberton only flower once every seven to 10 years but this season, there is a uniform budding across the whole forest and the bloom has lasted for almost a year. Karrakup beekeeper Mike Spurge said it was an extremely unusual event. "It hasn't flowered like this for 40-odd years or more; nearly 50 years that it's been over the whole forest," he said. [more]

last updated:  Wednesday, April 27, 2016