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