5.11.00 - Non-wood forest products
The Non-Wood Forest Products Group covers all aspects of the wide variety of non-timber products found in forests around the world, and works to promote the discovery, development, and wise use of these resources. This Group includes research on medicinal and aromatic plants, edible plant products and forest fungi, resins and gums, and many other products important for rural people and industries.
Forests capture more solar energy than any other terrestrial ecosystem. That energy is used to produce the wood of trees, as well as a vast array of materials found in the shedding parts of trees (leaves, fruits, nuts, bark, exudates, and sap). Some of these materials can be directly harvested and used by simple techniques; others exist in minute amounts and require the most advanced technology to produce the desired product In quantity. Research in the Unit spans from developing sustainable harvesting techniques to resource governance and production networks.
Major goals of the Research Group are:
- To integrated non-wood forest products into the global forest-based bioeconomy
- To facilitate and coordinate research on non-wood forest products
- To organize and implement international meetings and workshops to discuss non-timber product and allied research
The Research Group and its Working Parties are pleased to welcome new members. We encourage everyone with an interest in non-wood forest products research to become involved and to actively participate. Contact the Coordinators to learn more about Group activities.
A workshop on NTFPs was organized in Marrakech, Morocco on 1-2 December 2005, paralleling the Global Forum for Agricultural Research (GFAR) and immediately prior to the Annual General Meeting of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). A proposal was made to formally launch a Global NTFP Partnership with approval of GFAR under the Global Partnership Programme and a Global NTFP Partnership Strategy was formulated with inputs from the coordinators of this group.
The Partnership has a website at: http://ntfp.inbar.int/wiki/index.php/Main_Page