Data on non-timber forest products—where, when and how? Validated RNRRS Output.


This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.

Summary for Project titles: ZF077: Biometric assessment of NTFPs and R8305: Developing biometric sampling systems and optimal harvesting methods for medicinal tree bark in southern Africa.

A new guide is now available to help manage non-timber forest resources—all wild products from forests except timber and fuel. Nearly two-thirds of all forest flora are useful in some way but little formal knowledge exists, unlike for trees. This means that any management rules are likely to be based on the 'precautionary principle' rather than statistically sound data. But, better data underpins decisions on how to manage forests and can lead to certification of forest products. This means communities get more benefits from their resources. Now, case studies and work sheets show where, when and how to collect data about non-timber forest products. Then, how to choose management strategies, decide harvesting rules, assess markets and work out how these products could improve the lives of the poor.

The CD has the following information for this output: Description, Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (13 pp.) taken from the CD.


FRP40, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 135.

Published 1 January 2007