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Voices from the Forest Issue No. 29 - November 201  ( 2075.232 kb )

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Products made from non-timber forest resources by indigenous artisans around the Philippines.


A view from within:   
the forest and its resources from a community perspective  


The Indian gooseberry or amla, is used for pickles and preserves in India       What NTFP is that?
Food, materials for crafts, building materials, medicine, and rituals … these are just a few uses of non-timber forest products. NTFPs are "all biological materials, other than timber, which are extracted from forests for human use."

Learn more about specific NTFPs upon which communities across the region rely on for their livelihoods as well as to sustain their traditions. Search our NTFP database, a collaborative project of the partners of NTFP-EP. Enter the database here.


  Bird calls of the rainforest

“There is a sound of the forest that tells us that it is light, at midday we hear a different sound.  Different kinds of birds and their sounds tell us a lot about  how well the forest is.. It is a sign of life  - of a good forest.  I want to live like a Penan. I don’t want to lose my forest. The identify of the Penan will be gone if we lose the forest. We must care for it and protect it.”


  A vision of a sustainable forestry sector in ASEAN

Durban, South Africa - Today marks the opening of the biggest gathering on forests and forestry. Hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in partnership with the Republic of South Africa, World Forestry Congress 2015 will be held in the shores of Durban.


The congress will serve as a platform for all the forestry stakeholders to come together to discuss and share information and knowledge on forests and forestry.


Job Announcement: NTTFP-EP Cambodia Country Director

NTFP-EP Cambodia invites applications from qualified candidates for the position of Country Director


The Country Director for NTFP-EP Cambodia is a member of the Asia regional management team and is lead representative for the NTFP-EP Asia branch in Cambodia. H/she must be a Cambodia national. The postholder shall lead the country management team; h/she shall coordinate and manage the country programme with an estimated annual budget of $1.1M for years 2015-2017. H/She will manage the timely planning and reporting of the country programme and different projects within it, and shall coordinate the monitoring and evaluation of the programme. The Country Director ensures the over-all programme and financial accountability to NTFP-EP Asia and its donors and partners. The Country Director will also undertake networking, stakeholder engagement and manage partner relations and capacity building and projects support. The position is country programme focused – with active strategic engagements in NTFP-EP Asia regional initiatives. 


What is the NTFP Exchange Programme?

We are a collaborative network of non-governmental organisations and community-based organisations in South and Southeast Asia. We work with forest-based communities to strengthen their capacity in sustainable management of natural resources. Over the years, the NTFP-EP has grown into a dynamic network, with over 40 partner organisations and major contacts in India, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Cambodia.