A Proposed Protocol for Community-based Forest Enterprises: The Case of Non-timber Forest Products
For most non-timber forest products (NTFPs), determining sustainable harvesting levels is a work in progress. Forest Non-Timber Products: Refers to a wide range of biologically produced products and services derived from woods, other wooded property, and trees outside of forests, such as small wood and fuel wood. A monitoring programme should be established to evaluate the health and vitality of the natural resource base on a regular basis. The commercialization of natural resources makes it necessary to handle proactively by tracking, harvesting and replanting, and tree succession plans, despite the fact that there is some knowledge on individual species. The following are important steps in managing natural products in a sustainable manner: Identification and demarcation of the resource base by habitat type (forest, pasture, farmland, rock outcrop, and so on), as well as a map of the positions of different ecosystem types; identification of resource supply areas for preferred products; and volume estimation based on current harvesting, trade, and use. Identify possible risks to the natural resource base’s standing stock. In addition to holding community meetings to look at where and how items were harvested, extracted, or obtained in the previous 3 to 5 years, conducting resource inventories of standing stock, conducting user surveys, and engaging resource collectors, Finally, the following logical concerns are discussed and objectively evaluated for business development: enterprise opportunity and location-specific overview of the community forestry subsector, sustainability of forest product supply, regulatory climate and forest resource users/groups, technology, management and finance, and marketing and sales.
Author (s) Details
Dr. Cliff S. Dlamini
Center for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA), Plot 4701 Station Exit Road Private Bag 00357, Gaborone, Botswana.
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