Established in 1991, the promotion and development of non-wood forest products (NWFP) is one of the priority areas of FAO's Forestry Division. 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:


Putting bamboo on the map According to the latest figures , published in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN’s (FAO) Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020 (FRA), bamboo covers about 35 million hectares of land across Africa, Asia, and the Americas . In fact, FRA 2020 reports a 50 per cent increase in bamboo area between 1990 and 2020, largely because of new expansion in China and India. [more]
Wild Plants are Our Business! A joint webinar is being planned during FairWild Week 2021 (21-25 June) as a kick-off to the week and its theme of ‘Wild Plants are Our Business’, encouraging active participation of industry and other stakeholders. The webinar targets businesses trading in wild plant ingredients, especially consumer-facing brands, noting their dependence on wild plants and discussing concrete, practical experiences and advice around responsible sourcing. Consumers of products containing wild plant ingredients are also targeted, to raise awareness around the presence of these ingredients in their everyday products, as well as the issues and opportunities surrounding them. [more]
16-17 March! INCREDIBLE Policy Forum: Untapping the potential of non-wood forest products for Europe's green economy The INCREDIBLE Policy Forum, taking place on 16 and 17 March 2021, will discuss the actions needed to position NWFP (non-wood forest products) as a pillar of Europe's bioeconomy. The Forum is addressed to EU, national, regional and local policy makers and key stakeholders in NWFP value chains (associations of forest owners, producers and processors, consumer organisations, industries, NGOs, public institutions, etc.). The Forum is co-organised by the European Forest Institute ( EFI ), leading the H2020 INCREDIBLE project consortium, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO ), with the support of FoReSTAS (regional Foresta Agency for Land and the Environment of Sardinia) and the Cesefor Foundation. This virtual event will serve as an opportunity to consider the salient issues for NWFP policies and enrich a white paper on policy priorities for non-wood forest products in Europe . This document has been developed within the framework of the INCREDIBLE project, with peer review from the IUFRO task force on Non-timber forest products and other leading experts. [more]

last updated:  Tuesday, June 15, 2021