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Current Issues in Non-Timber Forest Products Research Edited by M. Ruiz Pérez and J.E.M. Arnold CIFOR CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL FORESTRY RESEARCH CURRENT ISSUES IN NON-TIMBER FOREST PRODUCTS RESEARCH CURRENT ISSUES IN NON-TIMBER FOREST PRODUCTS RESEARCH Proceedings of the Workshop ÒResearch on NTFPÓ Hot Springs, Zimbabwe 28 August - 2 September 1995 Editors: M. Ruiz PŽrez and J.E.M. Arnold with the assistance of Yvonne Byron CIFOR CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL FORESTRY RESEARCH 1996 by Center for International Forestry Research All rights reserved. Published Printed in Indonesia Reprinted July 1997 ISBN: Cover: Children selling baobab fruits near Hot Springs, Zimbabwe (photo: Manuel Ruiz PŽrez) Center for International Forestry Research Bogor, Indonesia Mailing address: PO Box 6596 JKPWB, Jakarta 10065, Indonesia Contents Foreword Contributors vii ix Chapter 1: Framing the Issues Relating to Non-Timber Forest Products Research 1 J.E. Michael Arnold and Manuel Ruiz PŽrez Chapter 2: Observations on the Sustainable Exploitation of Non-Timber Tropical Forest Products An EcologistÕs Perspective Charles M. Peters 19 Chapter 3: Not Seeing the Animals for the Trees The Many Values of Wild Animals in Forest Ecosystems 41 Kent H. Redford Chapter 4: Modernisation and Technological Dualism in the Extractive Economy in Amazonia 59 Alfredo K.O. Homma Chapter 5: Trade, Indigenous Rain Forest Economies and Biological Diversity 83 Model Predictions and Directions for Research David S. Wilkie and Ricardo A. Godoy Chapter 6: Smallholder Forest Management: Looking Beyond Non-Timber Forest Products 103 Christine Padoch and Miguel Pinedo-Vasquez Chapter 7: Household Extractive Economies 119 Mauro W.B. Almeida Chapter 8: Developing Research Frames for Non-Timber Forest Products Experience from Ghana 143 Julia Falconer v Contents Chapter 9: Forest Products Research in Relation to Conservation Policies in Africa 161 Roderick P. Neumann Chapter 10: Living in Abundance The Forest of the Wayampi (Amerindians from French Guiana) 177 Pierre Grenand and Fran oise Grenand Chapter 11: Technology and the Organisation of Production, Processing and Marketing of Non-Timber Forest Products 197 Eric L. Hyman Chapter 12: PeopleÕs Dependency on Forests for Food Security Some lessons learnt from a programme of case studies 219 Britta Ogle Annex I: Report of the CIFOR Workshop on Research on Non-Timber Forest Products Hot Springs, Zimbabwe, 28 August - 2 September Annex II: Report of the CIFOR Workshop on Research on Non-Timber Forest Products Soto del Real (Madrid), Spain, February vi Foreword Throughout the tropics hundreds of millions of people derive a significant part of their livelihood from a vast range of non-timber products that they harvest from forests. In many cases hunting and gathering practices have their origins rooted deep in the past and are based upon a highly developed understanding of forest systems. Researchers are constantly surprised by the sophistication of the forest management practised by forest-dwelling communities. But the world is going through a period of incredibly rapid change. Economic development and improved communications lead to new opportunities for people hitherto dependent on forests and to both new markets for their products and new competition from cultivated or synthetic substitutes. We know that the extent of dependence on these products is enormous but we have very little basis upon which to predict the likely evolution of the use of non-timber forest products or the future lifestyles of the people who depend upon them. A prominent feature of the recent concern for forest conservation has been the fact that many of the traditional uses of non-timber forest products are not only important to large numbers of people, they are also to a large extent consistent with the maintenance of the global biodiversity and carbon sequestration values of the forest themselves. Many of the systems meet our criteria for ÒsustainabilityÓ, whereas there are countless examples of modern agricultural and forestry systems that have been imposed upon forest lands and are neither sustainable nor meet the needs of the people who depend on the forests. Decisions to change the use of forest land or intensify the management of forests have often been taken without due regard to the values that people are already deriving from NTFP. Simple economic analysis may suggest that conversion to plantations or agriculture will yield greater utility than retention of the natural forest. But often such calculations ignore the need to provide substitute incomes and employment for forest-dependent people. CIFOR recognises that there is already a vast body of scientific knowledge on non-timber forest products. A great deal of it is specific to localities, products or groups of people. In its present forms, this knowledge does not allow us to predict future trends, nor does it allow us to elaborate policy to promote sustainability or enhance the welfare of people dependent upon the products. This book presents the main issues that emerge from the existing body of knowledge on NTFP and proposes further research which will help us to vii Foreword better understand NTFP-based systems and to optimise their future benefits. This book is the product of a workshop held in an area of eastern Zimbabwe where people are heavily dependent upon a large variety of products from the savannah woodlands. It was organised by Dr Bruce Campbell and colleagues from the University of Zimbabwe who actively research this subject. We are very grateful to them and colleagues at the Centro de Investigaci n de Espacios Protegidos Fernando Gonz lez Bern ldez, Soto del Real (Madrid), Spain, who hosted a follow-up meeting to examine recommendations arising from the workshop in Zimbabwe and attempt to prioritise these issues as well as suggest ways of implementation. We hope that this book will serve to launch new research efforts on this vitally important subject both by CIFOR and by our collaborators throughout the tropical world. Jeffrey A. Sayer viii Contributors Mauro W.B. Almeida, Dep. de Antropologia - IFCH, Cidade Universit ria Campinas - S.P., BRAZIL J.E. Michael Arnold 19 Hayward Road, Oxford OX2 8LN, UK Julia Falconer, Overseas Development Administration, Collaborative Forest Management Unit, Forestry Department Kumasi, GHANA Ricardo A. Godoy, Harvard Institute for International Development 1 Eliot Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA Fran oise Grenand, Dpt de Linguistique Culturelle CNRS-LACITO, 44, rue de lõamiral Mouchez, 75014, Paris, FRANCE Pierre Grenand, Dpt SUD, ORSTOM , rue La Fayette, Paris cedex 10, FRANCE Alfredo K.O. Homma, CPATU/EMBRAPA Caixa Postal, 48, BelŽm, Par, , BRAZIL Eric L. Hyman, Appropriate Technology International 1828 L. Street, NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20036, USA Roderick P. Neumann, Department of International Relations, Florida International University University Park, Miami, FL 3319, USA Britta Ogle, Department of Rural Development Studies, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences PO Box 70 05, S Uppsala, SWEDEN Christine Padoch, Institute of Economic Botany, The New York Botanical Garden Bronx, New York , USA Charles M. Peters, Institute of Economic Botany, The New York Botanical Garden Bronx, New York , USA ix Contributors Miguel Pinedo-Vasquez, Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, Columbia University New York, New York 10027, USA Kent H. Redford, The Nature Conservancy, Latin America and Caribbean Division 1816 North Lynn Street, Arlington, VA 22209, USA Manuel Ruiz PŽrez, Center for International Forestry Research PO Box 6596 JKPWB, Jakarta 10065, INDONESIA David S. Wilkie, Associates in Forest Research and Development 4601 Connecticut Avenue, NW, #217, Washington, DC , USA x Chapter One Framing the Issues Relating to Non-Timber Forest Products Research J.E. Michael Arnold and Manuel Ruiz PŽrez Introduction Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) provide substantial inputs into the livelihoods of very large numbers of people in developing countries, and their production and use can constitute one of the main demands placed upon the forest resource. A complete understanding of the NTFP situation is therefore central to both the task of conserving and managing tropical forests, and of ensuring that these forests continue to contribute appropriately to the welfare of local populations. The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is conducting research in the field of NTFP. An initial review of the state-of-knowledge in this area showed that, while much useful research has been carried out, most of this has been situation specific, has had a narrow sectoral focus, and has been restricted to examining a situation at a particular point in time. Differences in objectives, scope and methodology have meant that it is difficult to compare the results of individual studies. Hence it has not proved possible to carry out syntheses that provide the broader framework of information necessary to make sound policy and management decisions. Consequently, policy proposals are being formulated, and development actions are being implemented, without a clear understanding of their impacts and implications. In order to address these data and analysis weaknesses, CIFOR initiated a process designed to encourage the development of a framework within which individual studies can be pursued in a manner that provides answers to a common set of questions, and that produces information that will be comparable across projects. The present report is one output of a workshop convened by CIFOR as a first step in this process. 1 J.E.M. Arnold and M. Ruiz PŽrez The objective of the workshop was to review the state-of-art of research related to NTFP at present and outstanding issues, to recommend hypotheses and research questions for inclusion in the proposed common framework for such research, and to review and recommend appropriate methodologies. In order to provide a basis for these discussions, a number of researchers with considerable experience in the study of particular aspects of the subject, or of researching NTFP use and management in specific regions, were invited to prepare background papers. The results of the discussions at the workshop and of a smaller follow-up meeting to further analyse and distil its output are reproduced in Annexes I and II, and are commented on towards the end of this introductory chapter. The present volume contains a number of the commissioned background papers that were considered to be of interest to a broader audience. Each is written from a particular perspective and, together, cover many of the main dimensions of the subject. Each seeks to review past research in a subject area and to identify issues that remain outstanding and require additional research in that area. The present chapter will bring together some of the main issues that emerged, and to draw attention to linkages and common threads across the individual contributions. It also comments on some of the lessons that can be learned about approaches and methodologies for research into the linkages between NTFP and development and conservation, and about possible research priorities. Framing the Issues Defining the subject Historically, interest in the productive capacity of tropical forests has focused on timber and other wood products. The lesser value placed on other material outputs is well reflected in their designation until recently as Òminor forest productsó. The availability of information about the latter reflects this lack of interest 1 Ð being largely concentrated in narrowly focused ethno-botanical or anthropological studies of particular situations, and in studies of an ecological nature. The increased attention paid to NTFP in recent times stems from a number of factors. One is the much heightened interest in the value of biodiversity, carbon sequestration and other environmental functions provided by tropical forests, and associated concerns with the consequences of the use of these forests in ways which lead to their destruction or degradation. A perception 1 World-level statistics have been missing since 1972 when they were removed from the FAO Yearbook of Forest Products Statistics. There is a renewed interest in offering such statistics in a more accurate way (Padovani 1995). 2 Framing the Issues that management for NTFP is more compatible with sustainable use of tropical forests than management for timber or shifting agriculture has consequently been one of the more powerful factors in stimulating heightened interest in NTFP (Myers 1986; Fearnside 1989; Peters et al. 1989; Bennett 1992; Redford and Padoch 1992). A second factor has been the growth in awareness that use or sale of NTFP form important parts of the livelihood systems of very large numbers of people, outside as well as inside tropical forests. This has given rise to a thesis that sustainable management of forests for these products should therefore have valuable welfare consequences, as well as being environmentally sound Ð encouraging the idea that in this way environmental and developmental goals can be pursued jointly (Falconer and Arnold 1989; Falconer 1990; Nepstad and Schwartzman 1992; Panayotou and Ashton 1992). There has also been heightened commercial demand for many non-timber outputs of tropical forests Ð rattan, oils, resins, pharmaceutical extracts, etc. Ð and a realisation that it is likely that there are other species and products of significant industrial value in such a rich and diverse genetic resource. Commercial arguments have therefore been advanced to reinforce the environmental and welfare arguments in favour of conservation (Balick and Mendelsohn 1992; Plotkin and Famolare 1992; Clay and Clement 1993). Though these different interests in NTFP do coincide to some extent, they also contain inherent basic contradictions. In particular, as is discussed throughout the volume, there are likely to be conflicts between conservation and development. For instance, most harvesting of forest products involves some damage and disturbance to a forestõs ecological structure and hence affects biodiversity. Some highly sought species may not be able to withstand pressures, causing drastic reduction in their population or even local extinction (Bodmer et al. 1988, Browder 1992; Redford 1992; Peters 1996). Equally, limiting use to low-intensity offtake activities is likely to adversely impact on peopleõs ability to upgrade their livelihood systems, adding to the potential conflict between conservation and development from the forest dwellerõs perspective (Gonz lez 1992; Redford and Stearman 1993; Conklin and Graham 1995). The subject of management of tropical forests for NTFP is thus a complex one, characterised by multiple objectives, multiple products and usually multiple users. Further complications stem from the complex ways in which the component species interact, and the fact that these interactions are usually changing continuously over time. The equally complex patterns of use and change created by human demands on, and interventions in, the forests add a further major complicating element. The variety of different interests in the subject give rise to different definitions of NTFP. During the workshop discussions the insufficient and negative definition of Non-Timber Forest Products became apparent. However, we decided to keep the name both as a recognition of its wide acceptance and 3 J.E.M. Arnold and M. Ruiz PŽrez renewed interest as well as its effects in the current institutional setting and the leverage that it can offer to forest-dependent communities. A basic definition, and one used in this volume unless stated otherwise, is Òany non-timber product that is dependent on a forest environmentó. However, for some purposes it will be necessary to take account of the substantial quantities of some NTFP that come from tree stocks outside the forest, such as trees retained or grown on farms. Similarly, if the focus is on the relationship between the forest and livelihood systems, it may be necessary to look at all forest products used, including timber. As is pointed out by Padoch and Pinedo-Vasquez in Chapter 6, a focus on forest management may be better pursued by focusing on scale of management rather than products, i.e., distinguishing smallholder from industrial management and use. Another basis for defining the subject could be in terms of institutional responsibility Ð limiting or expanding the range of products to coincide with the coverage of the mandate of the government department charged with control of forest lands or the forest sector. Moving towards an analytical framework Most past research has been narrowly situation specific, and conducted from one or more of the three following perspectives (Ruiz PŽrez 1995): commodity/income/market; peopleõs perceptions/traditional knowledge/household needs; and biological properties/sustainable management focus. These correspond broadly with the disciplinary interests of the economist, the social scientist and the biologist/ecologist/forester. Particular topics that have attracted attention include research into historical patterns and trends in use (Peluso 1992; Coomes 1995; Potter 1996), valuation of non-marketed products and services (Panayotou and Ashton 1992; Lampietti and Dixon 1995), and changes in the productivity and efficiency of production, processing and marketing of particular products (de Silva and Atal 1995). Attempts to obtain a more global picture have been concentrated on particular types of information. The most comprehensive efforts have been devoted to the important, and still incomplete, task of compiling lists of species and their uses from different parts of the tropics (e.g., Heyne 1927, cited in de Wit 1994; Burkill 1935). A considerable amount of work has also been done on groups of products of particular commercial importance, such as chemical and fibre products, and on their resource base and markets. Amongst others it is worth mentioning the efforts of FAO, the Natural Resources Institute (NRI) in the UK, and the Plant Resources of South East Asia (PROSEA) project, an initiative of a number of South-east Asian countries and Wageningen Agricultural University, the Netherlands. 4 Framing the Issues More recently, exercises have been attempted that draw upon information derived from many local studies, in order to develop more comprehensive comparative assessments, and analyses that relate NTFP use to livelihood systems and other aspects of the socio-cultural and economic frameworks within which their production and use takes place. Some of these take as their starting point hypotheses derived from relevant bodies of theory, and seek to test them. Others have been more exploratory in nature, and designed to formulate hypotheses (Godoy and Bawa 1993; Ros-Tonen et al. 1995; Ruiz PŽrez 1995). One approach, that of cultural ecology, based on postulates of evolutionary ecology, has developed a series of adaptationist theories to explain patterns of resource consumption, especially in indigenous communities. Their basic assumption is that people adapt their culture to the constraints of the natural environment. Optimum foraging theory is the most widely known of these (Hames and Vickers 1983). Management theories, on the other hand, emphasise the proactive role of people in shaping the forest to their needs, thus overcoming some of the environmental limitations (BalŽe 1989). Another important approach, which is developed and discussed by Homma in Chapter 2, is based on agronomic development theory. It argues that ÒextractionistÓ use of NTFP is associated with extensive use of land, low investment, stagnant technology and exploitative use of labour. As commercial demand for a product emerges, output first expands then, as quantities and quality from
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