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Global patterns and trends in the use and management of commercial NTFPs: implications for livelihoods and conservation

By B. Belcher, M. Ruiz Perez and R. Achdiawan


Understanding of the role and potential of nontimber forest products (NTFPs) for livelihood improvement and conservation has been hindered by a lack of a clear theoretical framework and a functional typology of cases. To help fill this gap, we did a comparative analysis of 61 cases of commercial NTFP production in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Cases were documented using a standardized set of descriptors organized into categories describing various aspects of the production-to-consumption system. Exploratory analysis yielded useful case groupings by (a) household economic strategy and (b) NTFP production strategy. These groups and their key characteristics are used as a basis for discussing the development and conservation implications of NTFPs

Topics: non-timber forest products, commercialization, livelihoods, rural welfare, forest resources, analysis, comparisons
Year: 2005
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2004.10.007
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