In the late 1980s, NWFPs were presented as a possible alternative to deforestation and other activities that convert forest land, such as timber extraction, agriculture or plantations (Falconer, 1990; Plotkin and Famolare, 1992). Since some NWFPs have considerable market value, the premise was that the long-term gains derived from the sustainable harvesting of these products could exceed the short-term gains from the conversion of forests or individual trees to other uses (Peters et al., 1989; Godoy and Bawa, 1993).
Topic: Non Wood Forest Products, conservation, deforestation, livelihoods
Geographic: Central Africa
Series: Non-Wood Forest Products no. 21
Publisher: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome, Italy
Publication Year: 2017
Source: Living in and from the forests of Central Africa. 65-74