Contents: Foreword. Preface. I. Bio-diversity and non-timber forest produce : 1. Introduction. 2. The Non Timber Forest Produce (NTFP): definition, importance and status. 3. Potential forest plant resources. 4. Classification of non timber forest products. 5. NTFPs role in socio-economic development. 6. International scenario of NTFP: I. Africa. II. Armenia. III. Australia. IV. Bangladesh. V. Bhutan. VI. Brazil. VII. Cambodia. VIII. Cameroon. IX. Chile. X. China. XI. Equador. XII. Ethiopia. XIII. Ghana. XIV. Guyana. XV. India. XVI. Indonesia. XVII. Kenya. XVIII. Korean Republic. XIX. Lao PDR. XX. Malaysia. XXI. Nepal. XXII. Pakistan. XXIII. Papua New Guinea. XXIV. Philippines. XXV. Srilanka. XXVI. South Africa. XXVII. Thailand. XXVIII. Vietnam. XXIX. Zimbabwe. 7. Region wise global NTFP resource assessment: a review (FAO, 2001). II. NTFP utilization: channels, trends, collection rights & value addition : 1. Introduction. 2. Channels of exploitation. I. Rights and concessions of local communities. II (a). Value addition. II (b) Processing. 3. NTFP for industrial use. 4. Prospective industries for manufacturing value added products. 5. Policy for strengthening utilization opportunities of forest resources to user groups. III. NTFP marketing and trade panorama : 1. Introduction. 2. Production, demand and supply of NTFP. 3. Key determinants-interacting demand and supply of NTFPs. 4. Linkages. 5. NTFPs for trade and industries. 6. Potential of NTFPs: their marketing, demand and supply strategies. 7. Marketing of NTFPs. 8. Market reforms of NTFP. 9. Trade. 10. Strategies for market information, development and trade. IV. Forest biodiversity: erosion, conservation strategies and approaches : 1. Biodiversity and its erosion process. 2. Causes of biodiversity erosion. 3. Emergence of importance of NTFPs in forest resources. 4. Imbalances/impediments or constraints in the development of NTFPs. 5. Gaps and emerging issues to fulfill demands of NTFP. 6. Strategies for generation of more employment and income. 7. Salient issues of resource management. 8. Solution to overcome impediments. 9. Proposed thrust areas. V. NTFP oriented sustainable forest resource management approaches : 1. Introduction. 2. History of sustainable forest management in India. 3. Global sustainability concept. 4. Issues related to sustainable forest management. 5. Challenges of biodiversity conservation. 6. Management systems (past & present). 7. Collection/harvesting arena. 8. Grading, processing and storage. 9. Synthesis of priorities for approaches to solutions. 10. Management strategies. VI. Specialized approaches for sustainable forest resource management : 1. Introduction. 2. Approaches. 3. Selection and formulation of suitable models useful economically-viable models for major eco-systems. VII. Research and development: trends, imbalances, needs : 1. Review of NTFP research trends and imbalances. 2. Imbalances. 3. Research needs. VIII. Futuristic policy framework : 1. Need for a comprehensive policy. 2. Policy level weakness. 3. Policy initiatives. 4. Recommendations for futuristic policy. 5. How to sustainably manage India’s forests beyond 2000. 6. Summary of Vietnam recommendation. 7. Conclusion. Bibliography. Annexures.
"Management of forests sustainably is a global challenge. With the gradual rise in population, forest cover and natural resources have been depleting. Over exploitation of timber alarmed the forest managers and policy makers and compelled them to ban or restrict timber harvesting. To make up the revenue loss from timber, Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) have been globally considered as an alternative source of earnings from the forests. But due to over exploitation of NTFP, forest resources have been further dwindling and adversely affecting the biodiversity and ecology.
With the above considerations FAO recommended that NTFP should be integrated into the main stream of forest management planning and execution. But implementation of NTFP-oriented need based sustainable forest management has become an onerous task for the foresters and policy makers due to want of information for consolidated approaches. This book entitled "Approaches to Sustainable Forest Management and Biodiversity Conservation with Pivotal Role of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP)" is an endeavour in the above direction to develop strategies and evolve mechanism for Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) which may solve global forestry problems. An attempt has been made to address related issues and aspects in the book as mere guidelines for adoption of an integrated, holistic and multi-disciplinary approach for SFM. This is a very broad subject, however, the matter has been organized and written in eight chapters, briefly furnishing global scenario of NTFP, their marketing and trade, SFM and biodiversity conservation approaches, research needs, futuristic policy and recommendations which may offer an insight for sound SFM with pivotal role of NTFP. The book is likely to be useful to the forest managers, policy makers, researchers, entrepreneurs and other user groups in India and abroad for SFM in a broad manner, while the forest managers may work out finer details for implementation according to site conditions prevailing in different countries." (jacket)