The interface of timber and non-timber resources: declining resources for subsistance livelihoods – a southern case study from Brazilian Amazonia

The interface of timber and non-timber resources: declining resources for subsistance livelihoods – a southern case study from Brazilian Amazonia

Given the importance of non-timber forest resources to subsistence livelihoods, the increased rate of logging in Amazonia, and the pronounced overlap of timber and non-timber species, it is important to evaluate the altered composition and abundance of NTFPs. In this changing landscape, it is vital to understand which species are widely utilized for their non-timber value, which NTFPs species are extracted for timber and what their comparative timber and non-timber value is. To answer these questions, quantitative and qualitative results of a seven-year study are provided on the use of plant and animal forest resources by 30 households residing in an area of terra firme (upland dry) forest undergoing selective logging.

Authors: Shanley, P.; Luz, L.; Cymerys, M.

Topic: non-timber forest products,forest products,species,plants,animals,uses,social welfare

Geographic: Brazil,Amazonia

Series: People and Plants Conservation Series

Publisher: Earthscan Publications, London, UK

Publication Year: 2002

Source: Shanley, P., Pierce, A.R., Laird, S.A. and Guillen, A. (eds.) Tapping the green market: certification and management of non-timber forest products. 313-321


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