Tapping the Green Market: Certification and Management of Non-Timber Forest Products

Edited by Abraham Guillen, Sarah A Laird, Patricia Shanley and Alan R Pierce 
Earthscan  2002  

Hardback  474pp  ISBN 9781853838101      £48.00
Published in association with WWF International, UNESCO and Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew

Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) are increasingly recognized as providing critical resources across the globe, fulfilling nutritional, medicinal, financial and cultural needs. However, despite rapidly growing interest in, and demand for, such products as Brazil nuts, baobab bark, rattans, pine resin, maple syrup, bromeliads and chicle, NTFPs have largely been overlooked in mainstream conservation and forestry politics. Tapping the Green Market explains the use and importance of market-based tools such as certification and eco-labelling for guaranteeing best management practices of NTFPs in the field. Using extensive case studies and global profiles of NTFPs, this book not only furthers our comprehension of certification processes but also broadens our understanding of NTFP management, harvesting and marketing. This practical volume includes valuable guidelines on NTFP management assessment and species-specific certification. It will prove indispensable for forest managers, policy-makers and conservation organizations as well as for academics in these areas.


List of figures, tables and boxes
About the contributors
The NTFP certification project team
The People and Plants initiative by Alan Hamilton
People and Plants partners

Section I: Overview

Introduction by Patricia Shanley, Sarah A Laird, Alan R Pierce and Abraham Guillén

1 The rise of certification, the current state of the playing field for NTFP certification programmes and future prospects by Jamison B Ervin and Patrick Mallet
2 The process of drafting and revising guidelines for NTFP certification by Patricia Shanley and Sarah A Laird
3 Summaries of the field-testing results in Mexico, Bolivia and Brazil by Abraham Guillén

Section II: NTFP species profiles from around the world

Introduction by Patricia Shanley, Alan R Pierce, Sarah A Laird and
Abraham Guillén

Latin America

4 Chicle (Manilkara zapota) by Peter W Alcorn
5 Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa) by Enrique G Ortiz
6 Palm heart (Euterpe spp.) by Dennis Johnson
7 Pau d€arco (Tabebuia spp.) by M Constanza von der Pahlen
8 Cat€s claw (Uncaria guianensis and U. tomentosa) by Miguel N Alexiades
9 Breu resin (Protium spp.) by Campbell Plowden
10 Titica vine (Heteropsis spp.) by Campbell Plowden
11 Amapá (Parahancornia spp. and Brosimum spp.) by Campbell Plowden
12 Copaíba (Copaifera spp.) by Campbell Plowden
13 Sangre de drago (Croton lechleri) by Miguel N Alexiades

Eastern North America

14 Fiddlehead ferns (Matteucia struthiopteris) by Alan R Pierce
15 Maple syrup (Acer saccharum) by Alan R Pierce
16 American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) by Alan R Pierce

The Mediterranean region

17 Mastic gum (Pistacia lentiscus), cork oak (Quercus suber), argan (Argania spinosa), pine nut (Pinus pinea), pine resin (various spp.) and chestnut (Castanea sativa) by Yorgos Moussouris and Pedro Regato

Sub-Saharan Africa

18 Griffonia (Griffonia simplicifolia) by Kodzo Gbewonyo
19 Baobab bark (Adansonia digitata) by Claudia Romero, Isla Grundy, Bruce Campbell and Anthony B Cunningham
20 Yohimbe (Pausinystalia johimbe) by Terry C H Sunderland, Marie-Laure Ngo-Mpeck, Zacharie Tchoundjeu and Sarah A Laird

Africa and Asia

21 Rattan (various spp.) by Terry C H Sunderland and John Dransfield
22 Amla (Phyllanthus emblica) by Ganesan Balachander
23 Sumatra benzoin (Styrax spp.) by Esther Katz, Carmen García and Marina Goloubinoff

Other initiatives

24 Sustainable harvesting of epiphytic bromeliads in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico: a pilot study by Jan H D Wolf and Cornelis J F Konings
25 Reducing the ecological footprint of the €wooden rhino€: the case for certification of Kenyan woodcarvings by Susanne F Schmitt and Anthony B Cunningham

Section III: The core elements of NTFP certification

26 Ecological issues by Alan R Pierce and Patricia Shanley
27 Social issues by Alan R Pierce
28 Subsistence issues by Alan R Pierce

Space outside the market: implications of NTFP certification for subsistence use - a northern case study from the Upper Peninsula Region, US by Marla R Emery

The interface of timber and non-timber resources: declining resources for subsistence livelihoods - a southern case study from Brazilian Amazonia by Patricia Shanley, Leda Luz and Margaret Cymerys

29 Marketing issues by Sarah A Laird and Abraham Guillén
30 Technical issues by Abraham Guillén, Alan R Pierce and Richard Z Donovan

Section IV: Conclusions and recommendations

31 Conclusions and recommendations by Patricia Shanley, Sarah A Laird, Alan R Pierce and Abraham Guillén


I Generic guidelines for assessing the management of NTFPs by the NTFP certification project team
II Species-specific NTFP certification guidelines for the production of maple syrup by Alan R Pierce
III Resource directory

Acronyms and abbreviations

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