Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Programme


Read up on commentaries and perspectives on issues on forests and peoples around Asia.

June 6, 2022

Rattan is back with a quality mark, but does that make your chair sustainable?

This article was originally written in Dutch by Onno Havermans and published at Trouw. Rattan, popular in the 1960s and 1970s, is making a comeback. As a natural product from the rainforest, it it’ usually assumed to be sustainable. But READ MORE »

March 21, 2022

#IDOF2022: Participation of community voices key to sustaining our forests

When it comes to protecting biodiversity and ensuring climate stability, this cannot be overstated: forests are vital. They are the home to millions of indigenous peoples that rely on forests for sustenance, shelter and income. But economic activities such as READ MORE »

October 6, 2021

Thoughts on the ASEAN Forest Honey Producers Consultation and Collective Labelling Discussion

How doth the little busy beeImprove each shining hour,And gather honey all the dayFrom every opening flower!How skillfully she builds her cell!How neat she spreads the wax!And labors hard to store it wellWith the sweet food she makes. — Excerpt READ MORE »

September 9, 2021

Continuing the work on forest foods and wild foods

Work in the nursery for wild food plants are on-going. Wild food plants have been raised or cultivated in the nursery from seed and are housed at the Adukkam Resource Centre. These include the very little known plants Olax scandens and Cansjhera rheedii, as well as some bamboo (Dendrocalamus strictus). Some of these food plants are READ MORE »

May 3, 2021

Reconnecting the individual in climate restoration

There is no debate regarding climate change: it’s real, it’s already happening at an alarming rate, and urgent action on an international scale is needed to mitigate its effects. But another debate divides the climate movement: do individual actions such READ MORE »

February 5, 2021

‘Nature-rich’ food systems

The current global and industrial food system is not only a major driver of deforestation and environmental destruction, it is also nature-poor. Nowadays, 75% of the world’s food is generated from only 12 plants and 5 animal species. The greatly READ MORE »

February 4, 2021

The Malva Nut: Saving rural people’s lives

Laos sits at the heart of mainland Southeast Asia, bordering Myanmar, Cambodia, China, Thailand and Vietnam, with the Mekong River connecting all six and providing a lifeline for the entire basin. The Global Association for People and the Environment (GAPE) READ MORE »

February 3, 2021

Encounters with Bignay (Antidesma bunius)

Antidesma bunius is a fruit tree from the family Phyllanthaceae and commonly called Bignay in the Philippines. I first encountered Bignay in Los Banos, Laguna during a fieldwork class in Mt. Makiling. At that time, I did not know much READ MORE »