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Management of Non-Wood Forest Products

The Management of Non-Wood Forest Products (NWFP) Module is aimed at all actors – such as local communities, the private sector, governments, traders and consumers – involved in the management, use and marketing of NWFPs. The module provides basic and more detailed information on the process of NWFP management, including planning, harvesting, marketing and trade.

The module also provides links to tools for NWFP management and case studies of effective management.

This working paper presents findings from a rapid appraisal and field study of the walnut value chain in Jalal-Abad province between March 28 and April 1, 2011. Thereafter, the Rural Development Fund research team devoted considerable time and effort to checking data and producing graphs and market maps for the...
This webpage, under the NWFPs website - contains a collection of studies and reports about the legal framework governing the NWFP sector in Central Africa, which can be easily accessed following the links. It represents a valuable resource for case studies in that African region.
Like all forest enterprises, community-based forest enterprises (CFEs) have a mixed record, with numerous cases of successes as well as failures. As the experience in developed countries attest, SMEs can emerge and flourish where the tenure and policy frameworks allow them to exist legally and compete fairly with large scale...
The role and value of plant gums and resins in Africa cannot be over-emphasised. The resources are found in hot and dry regions, where they are valuable in various ways. In countries bordering the Sahara, the plants have proved useful as windbreaks and shelter belts against desert encroachment and hence...
Non-wood forest products (NWFPs) play an important role in the daily lives and overall well being of the Bhutanese people especially among the rural farming community; for instance they are a major source of off farm income, food, medicine, fodder, fiber, and also used for local construction materials. Many of...
The project Data Collection and Analysis for Sustainable Forest Management in ACP Countries - Linking National and International Efforts (GCP/INT/679/CE) was carried out in the context of the European Commission (EC) - FAO Partnership Programme in order to promote the sustainable use of trees and forests in African and Caribbean...
The International Conference on Domestication and Commercialization of Non-Timber Forest Products in Agroforestry Systems, hosted by ICRAF, was held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 19 to 23 February 1996. This was the first world-level meeting to be held exclusively to draw attention to issues dealing with domestication and commercialization of non-timber...
For most rural communities, these NWFP account for a greater percentage of the total value of forest products they harvest each year. Most of these NWFP are extracted for commercial purpose (ex. fruits, nuts, resins, latex, and animals). The main cause for concern is that this extraction is often carried...
This book features the uncommon quality of bringing together original scientific knowledge on fruits and useful plants of the Amazon forest and the sensibility to detect the deep interaction between life, traditional knowledge of our forests and folk culture. With its language at the same time accessible, pleasant and practical,...
This guide sets out the main issues and significant challenges, and suggests solutions and guidelines for viable NFTPs-based SMFEs. Government, nongovernmental agencies and their business partners have important roles to play in developing this sector from its vibrant, but largely informal status. This can be achieved by creating a more...
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