Participants: non-timber forest product project has had positive impacts

07 March 2007 | News story

Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) comprise various groups of products derived from forests, including rattan, palm leaves, bamboos, medicinal plants, oils and resins, tannin, dyes and products from wild fauna.  They often provide income and sustenance for rural people.  To increase the sustainable management of NTFPs in Viet Nam, IUCN Viet Nam is involved in the national NTFP Sub-Sector Support Project, which aims to conserve biodiversity, improve livelihoods, and contribute to national development goals.  The Project recently conducted a series of villager surveys near demonstration sites in Quang Ninh, Bac Giang, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, and Quang Tri provinces.  Responses were encouraging, as many villagers perceived that the Project had built livelihood capacities and had a positive economic impact.

In the survey, which was conducted in late 2006, villagers most often reported that the Project had a positive impact on their knowledge, skills, and capacity to work in new ways and make more productive use of household labor.  In addition, a high number of survey respondents also indicated that the Project had contributed to improving forest conservation and had created or increased income or employment opportunities.

IUCN plays an advisory role in working with the Department of Forestry and other relevant departments in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.  The Ministry is leading the nation’s efforts to improve the role of NTFPs in the economy through the Forestry Sector Support Project and Programme, which includes the NTFP Project.  In addition to providing technical advice for these Government efforts, IUCN and the NTFP Project also cooperate to support the Vietnam NTFP Network.  This Network helps to make available information related to NTFP management, research, and related issues.  IUCN and the Project will co-host a conference on NTFPs in Hanoi mid-2007.

For more information, visit www.ntfp.org.vn or contact Fernando Potess, Chief Technical Advisor, NTFP Sub-Sector Support Project, at fpotess@ntfp.org.vn or +(84) 932-0971 ext. 105.


View of logging road in the Cameroon Forests