Scientific Summary No. 13
Forest dependent communities around the world are seeking alternatives to conventional sources of income, employment and investment. Communities that have depended on forests for timber, fishing, mining or traditional agriculture need other economic options while maintaining forest health. Non-timber forest products, or NTFPs, which are plants, parts of plants, fungi, and other biological material that are harvested from within and on the edges of natural, manipulated or disturbed forests, may provide viable options for forest-based communities.
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