16 April 2009

FAO’s NWFP-Digest: World of Non-Wood Forest Products

Newsletter No. 3/09

FAO’s NWFP-Digest-L is a free e-mail journal that covers all aspects of non-wood forest products. All issues of the Digest may be found on FAO’s NWFP home page: www.fao.org/forestry/site/12980/en.

Issue No. 3/09, 2009-04-16

  • PRODUCTS
    1. Acai berry, SuperFood or SuperFraud?
    2. Bamboo: Are eco-conscious consumers being bamboozled?
    3. Bamboo firewood and charcoal program in Ethiopia and Ghana
    4. Bushmeat in Gabon: Urban hunters do most harm to ape populations
    5. Bushmeat in Madagascar: Frogs important food source
    6. Bushmeat in Tanzania: Bushmeat hunting constitutes the most immediate threat to wildlife
    7. Cat’s claw (Uncaria tomentosa) could tackle dengue fever
    8. Chicozapote tree provides new biodegradable chewing gum Chicza
    9. Cork: World’s first winery to earn FSC certification
    10. Frankincense: A brief catch-up
    11. Frankincense oil may be a treatment for bladder cancer
    12. Maples in Korea: Gorosoe sap – prized elixir from South Korean forests
    13. Medicinal Plants: Nigeria revokes sickle cell drug license
    14. Moss: Oakmoss and Treemoss
    15. Palm fronds: Palms for Palm Sunday, fair trade and eco-friendly
    16. Sclerocarya birrea: A lesser know NWFP of Africa
  • COUNTRY INFORMATION
    17. Bhutan: CountrySTAT-Bhutan – Everything you need to know about agriculture in Bhutan
    18. Brazil: Land boost for Indians
    19. Bolivia: Tree iguanas targeted by hunters as source of traditional medicine
    20. Cambodia: ‘Ecstasy oil’ distilleries threaten rainforests
    21. Cameroon: Life around Ngovayang Forest
    22. China: Fund aims to preserve culture of conservation in Tibetan communities
    23. Georgia: Breakthrough sustainable forest use plan
    24. India: Ethnic groups crucial to bio-diversity
    25. Madagascar: Scramble to log valuable rainforest trees in midst of crisis
    26. Nepal: Small changes improve Nepalese communities’ relationship to forest
    27. Perú: Dos millones de plantones de camu camu
    28. Tanzania: Traditional practices contribute to conservation of medicinal plants
    29. Vietnam: Nghe An exports rattan products for the first time
    30. Zambia plans to increase honey production
  • NEWS
    31. Africa: Minister tasks continent on bio-resources development
    32. Birdflu antivirus sourced from Indian trees
    33. Carnegie Research Fellowship Program accepting applications
    34. Finland/FAO provide €14 million for data collection and management skills
    35. Forests Move Rain: Study revolutionizes meteorology
    36. Plant workshop winds up in Botswana with resolve to create a regional network
    37. UNEP-WCMC launches new Carbon and Biodiversity Atlas
  • REQUESTS
    38. Request for information: Rural livelihoods and forest income
  • EVENTS
    39. Second Gender and Forestry Conference
    40. Biodiversity Hotspots in the Mediterranean Area
    41. Indigenous Plant Use Forum (IPUF) 2009 Annual Conference
    42. IPROMO Course on “Developing economic opportunities for mountain areas”
    43. Decentralization, Power and Tenure Rights of Forest-Dependent People
  • EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
    44. Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources seeking experts in multiple fields
    45. FAO accepting applications for Chief Technical Advisor in Cameroon
    46. IFS accepting applications from young scientists
    47. World Resources Institute (WRI) is seeking a results-oriented Senior Associate
  • LITERATURE REVIEW AND WEB SITES
    48. IIED papers: How to protect forests, improve lives and tackle climate change
    49. Research Publications on Jatropha and Pongamia
    50. Other publications of interest
    51. Web sites and e-zines
  • MISCELLANEOUS
    52. Photovoices: New way to share TK
    53. Search for rhino turf in Buxa, India
    54. Tree death rate in Pacific Northwest United States doubled in 17 years

Source: NWFP-Digest-L, 2009-04-16.

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