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

World Bee Day: Why we need bees for a nutritious future Bees are under threat. Present species extinction rates are 100 to 1 000 times higher than normal due to human impacts. Insects will likely make up the bulk of future biodiversity loss with 40 percent of invertebrate pollinator species – particularly bees and butterflies – facing extinction. [more]
Do you have an interesting solution or business idea to solve a technological, social or environmental challenge for non-wood forest products (NWFPs) in the Mediterranean? The INCREDIBLE project has just launched the Open Innovation Challenge (OIC) which will select the five most innovative ideas with the potential to increase the environmental, economic or social value of Mediterranean NWFPs. Prize-winners will be invited to attend the INCREDIBLE business acceleration programme led by an international team of leading forestry, business and NWFPs experts. [more]
According to WRI's ‘ Global Forest Watch ’, from 2001 to 2017, 337 million hectares of tropical tree cover was lost globally – an area the size of Indi a.A key question, then, is what can forest sector investors, governments and other actors do differently to reverse these alarming trends?One way to speed up our efforts is to proactively include the role of women in the design of forest landscape restoration and conservation efforts. [more]

last updated:  Wednesday, May 8, 2019