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Non timber Forest Products in Nam Dong District, Central VietnamEcological and Economic Prospects  

Non-timber Forest Products in Nam Dong District, Central VietnamEcological and Economic Prospects

Abstract: This article analyses the ecological and economic prospects of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) and examines the importance of NTFPs for the livelihoods of local forest dwellers. It gives a brief review of NTFPs and the expectations and limitations associated with their use and extraction from natural forests. It argues that when looking at wild NTFPs only, they offer only limited opportunities for the development of local rural livelihoods. The empirical part of the article draws on a case study of NTFP extraction in Nam Dong district, central Vietnam. It provides insights into local NTFP use patterns and the importance of NTFPs for local households. Finally, it assesses the ecological and economic prospects of NTPFs in Nam Dong district. The article concludes that the supply of primary NTFPs in the natural forest is usually insufficient to meet market demands and ecological and economic requirements. If the primary aim is to develop rural households, it is necessary to enrich NTFPs in the natural forest or to cultivate them in man-made systems. Acknowledgements: We are grateful to Helvetas Vietnam and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation for providing funding and support for this study. Special thanks go to Ruedi Felber (Helvetas Vietnam) for his support during field work in 2001 and 2002. Many thanks also to Michael Jenny and Ngyuen Ba Thong who worked with the corresponding author in a first field study.


Uploaded on: Mar 2006
File size: 308 KB - Language: English
Keyword(s): Agroforestry , Development Concepts/Approaches , Forestry
Category: Environment

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