Non-timber forest products: Concept and definitions

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Since the potential value and role of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) was first mooted in the 1980s, there has been a tremendous escalation in research, practice, and policy interest across numerous disciplines including conservation, livelihood studies, economics, forestry, and anthropology. Inevitably this has resulted in altered and evolving definitions of what is, or is not, an NFTP. This chapter discusses the various attributes of an NTFP and proposes a working definition that could be applicable across disciplines. The final section of the chapter provides a brief overview of the contributions to this book.

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