Tapping the Green Market: Management and Certification of Non-Timber Forest Products

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There is a rapidly growing interest in, and demand for non-timber forest products (NTFPs); they provide critical resources across the globe, fulfilling nutritional, medicinal, financial and cultural needs. However, they have been largely overlooked in mainstream conservation and forestry politics. "Tapping the Green Market" explains the use and importance of certification and eco-labelling for guaranteeing best management practices of non-timber forest products in the field.

Using extensive case studies and global profiles of non-timber forest products, this volume not only furthers our comprehension of certification processes but also broadens our understanding of non-timber forest product management, harvesting and marketing. It will prove invaluable for forest managers, policy makers and conservation organizations as well as for academics in these areas.

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Editorial Reviews

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'A must-read for foresters and workers in the field of natural product certification.'
European Environment

'This book is easy and enjoyable to read with much fascinating historical background to the rise and fall in popularity of the featured plants.'
New Agriculturist Online

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853838712
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: People and Plants Conservation Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 474
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Shanley is a research scientist at the Center for international Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Bogor, Indonesia, and co-author of Forest Fruit Trees in the life of Amazonians.
Alan Pierce is an independent consultant specialising in ecological research and policy analysis.
Abraham Guillen is international marketing and programme manager for SmartWood, a forest management certification programme of the Rainforest Alliance.

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Table of Contents

List of figures, tables and boxes
About the contributors
The NTFP certification project team
The People and Plants initiative
People and Plants partners
Sect. I Overview
Introduction 3
1 The rise of certification, the current state of the playing field for NTFP certification programmes and future prospects 7
2 The process of drafting and revising guidelines for NTFP certification 20
3 Summaries of the field-testing results in Mexico, Bolivia and Brazil 28
Sect. II NTFP species profiles from around the world
Introduction 47
4 Chicle (Manilkara zapota) 49
5 Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa) 61
6 Palm heart (Euterpe spp.) 75
7 Pau d'arco (Tabebuia spp.) 85
8 Cat's claw (Uncaria guianensis and U. tomentosa) 93
9 Breu resin (Protium spp.) 110
10 Titica vine (Heteropsis spp.) 116
11 Amapa (Parahancornia spp. and Brosimum spp.) 123
12 Copaiba (Copaifera spp.) 126
13 Sangre de drago (Croton lechleri) 136
14 Fiddlehead ferns (Matteucia struthiopteris) 156
15 Maple syrup (Acer saccharum) 162
16 American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) 172
17 Mastic gum (Pistacia lentiscus), cork oak (Quercus suber), argan (Argania spinosa), pine nut (Pinus pinea), pine resin (various spp.) and chestnut (Castanea sativa) 183
18 Griffonia (Griffonia simplicifolia) 200
19 Baobab bark (Adansonia digitata) 208
20 Yohimbe (Pausinystalia johimbe) 215
21 Rattan (various spp.) 225
22 Amla (Phyllanthus emblica) 240
23 Sumatra benzoin (Styrax spp.) 246
24 Sustainable harvesting of epiphytic bromeliads in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico: a pilot study 257
25 Reducing the ecological footprint of the 'wooden rhino': the case for certification of Kenyan woodcarvings 259
Sect. III The core elements of NTFP certification
26 Ecological issues 267
27 Social issues 283
28 Subsistence issues 299
Space outside the market: implications of NTFP certification for subsistence use - a northern case study from the Upper Peninsula Region, US 302
The interface of timber and non-timber resources: declining resources for subsistence livelihoods - a southern case study from Brazilian Amazonia 313
29 Marketing issues 322
30 Technical issues 337
Sect. IV Conclusions and recommendations
31 Conclusions and recommendations 353
App. I Generic guidelines for assessing the management of NTFPs 366
App. II Species-specific NTFP certification guidelines for the production of maple syrup 386
App. III: Resource directory 399
Acronyms and abbreviations 403
References 407
Index 440
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