Commercialization of non-timber forest products: factors influencing success - lessons learned from Mexico and Bolivia and policy implications for decision-makers. A final output of project R7925

Abstract

This book is the product of one of the most comprehensive studies undertaken on the commercialization of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) in Mexico and Bolivia. It investigates the role of 10 NTFPs, across 18 communities, in poverty alleviation, the promotion of gender equality, the sustainable use of resources and equitable access to natural resources. It focuses on reasons for success or failure of NTFP value chains and assembles lessons learned in order to provide guidance to policy-makers and practitioners, helping them ensure that NTFP commercialization makes a positive contribution to the lives of the poor.

This book will be of interest to the following people, whether they are currently working in or wanting to initiate a programme of work supporting community-based NTFP commercialization in Latin America:

  • decision-makers in government organizations and NGOs
  • the donor community working at national and sub-national policy levels
  • field technical staff
  • research and development organizations

The broad implications of the results obtained by this research project will be of interest to anyone concerned with the sustainable development of tropical forest resources and its role in poverty alleviation.

In Spanish and English, pdfs for both versions available in low and high resolution.

Citation

MARSHALL, E., SCHRECKENBERG, K. AND NEWTON, A. C. (2006). Commercialization of non-timber forest products: factors influencing success - lessons learned from Mexico and Bolivia and policy implications for decision-makers. UNEP-WCMC Biodiversity Series No. 23. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC), Cambridge, UK, ISBN 92-807-2677-3, 136 pp.

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