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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.

 



  Asia Regional Workshop on community forest rights and strengthening forest associations

This year’s GACF workshop will bring together community forestry leaders from Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, India and Lao PDR to review the situation of community forestry rights in these countries and discuss what modality will further strengten forest associations in the region. Participants will also draft a strategy to move local community and indigenous peoples rights forward into the next  decade.The workshop is also a prelude to the upcoming World Forestry Congress in September in Durban, South Africa.

The workshop is co-organized by RECOFTC - The Center for People and Forests, NTFP-EP and Forest and Farm Facility.



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  Remembering Pastor Delbert Rice

Today, NTFP-EP remembers the passing of the late Pastor Delbert Rice. His work with indigenous people, especially the Ikalahan of Nueva Vizcaya with whom he began working in 1965 has been instrumental to the development of community-based forestry not just in the Philippines but around the world. As a board member, Pastor Rice has always exemplified leadership, patience, and diligence. His respect for culture and tradition has always guided NTFP-EP’s values. 

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  The Buzz: Madhu Duniya 2015 opens today!

The conference opening, led by Femy Pinto, NTFP-EP Asia’s Executive Director, featured the launching of the iconic Madhu Duniya Honey Pack in Himawari Hotel, Phnom Penh. The Asian Honey Pack is symbolic of the regional and local cooperation among various stakeholders in honey development as it features pure honey gathered by communities from the forests of Vietnam, Philippines, India, Indonesia, and Cambodia. 




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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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