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Harnessing NTFPs for the green economy: The potential of non-timber forest products in the Southeast Asian region

 
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2012 NTFP-EP Annual Report
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Products made from non-timber forest resources by indigenous artisans around the Philippines.


 

A view from within:   
the forest and its resources from a community perspective  



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The Indian gooseberry or amla, is used for pickles and preserves in India       What NTFP is that?
Food, materials for crafts, building materials, medicine, and rituals … these are just a few uses of non-timber forest products. NTFPs are "all biological materials, other than timber, which are extracted from forests for human use."

Learn more about specific NTFPs upon which communities across the region rely on for their livelihoods as well as to sustain their traditions. Search our NTFP database, a collaborative project of the partners of NTFP-EP. Enter the database here.

 



  Safeguarding ASEAN forests and forest peoples

NTFP-EP recognizes the importance of social and environmental safeguards in implementing climate mitigation projects in forest areas, especially in implementing REDD-Plus or Reducing Emissions from Degradation and Deforestation –Plus projects in ASEAN. This is one of the reasons why NTFP-EP teamed up with RECOFTC, the Center for People and Forests, the ASEAN Regional Knowledge Network on Forests and Climate Change (ARKN-FCC) and the ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN) to implement the ASEAN Capacity Building Workshop Linked to the 10th ASEAN ARKN-FCC Meeting in Jakarta from Sept 9-11, 2014. 

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  The Dayak Weavers of Kalimantan are at it again!

Congratulations to Borneo Chic and the Dayak weavers of West and East Kalimantan  for this achievement of receiving the ‘World crafts council seal of excellence award for handicrafts for 2014 Southeast Asia programme)’.This award is a program of UNESCO and WCC.




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  Dayak weavers know the way to Santa Fe!

“Everyone said our products are bee-u-ti-ful!” That was Herlina’s reaction from participating in the 11th International Folk Art Market (IFAM) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. The Fair is the largest gathering of traditional crafts producers in the world and is supported by UNESCO. This is the first time that the Crafts Kalimantan network participates with Herlina representing Jasa Menenun Mandiri (JMM), a cooperative of weavers in Sintang West Kalimantan, and Ani,  an officer of the Bina Usaha Rotan weaving association in Kutai Barat, East Kalimantan. The fair presented 150 booths from 60 countries displaying a truly global flavor.




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What is the NTFP Exchange Programme?

We are a collaborative network of non-governmental organisations and community-based organisations in South and Southeast Asia. We work with forest-based communities to strengthen their capacity in sustainable management of natural resources. Over the years, the NTFP-EP has grown into a dynamic network, with over 40 partner organisations and major contacts in India, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Cambodia.
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