Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Programme


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

September 30, 2020

Traditional Knowledge: What is it? (Part 2)

When one asks what traditional knowledge is, it is usually meant as a ‘functional’ term, and what it entails is assumed to be names and uses of the flora and fauna of a region, their status and distribution, etc. It’s READ MORE »

September 16, 2020

Traditional Knowledge: What is it? (Part 1)

The term ‘traditional knowledge’ has become a part of the all levels of development-speak, receiving attention from the international community, United Nations as well as national policy-makers. It is now understood that traditional knowledge (of indigenous peoples) is a valuable READ MORE »

April 22, 2020

Earth Day and our Indigenous Peoples

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Earth Day movement since its origin in 1970, and this year’s theme centers on climate action. The theme is timely but challenging. With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting countries in all continents, most if READ MORE »

March 13, 2020

The woman guarding a forest

Life has depended on nature for generations, yet its destruction continues unabated. Even though we know that forests provide us with plenty of food reserves, many people have been doing destructive activities and tools in harvesting forest products. We need to look after it, for the sake of the future generations.

March 10, 2020

Namo Women and the Orchid

With its bright color and unique petal shape, orchids are not only interesting, they are also easy to find in the forest. For the women in Namo Village, orchids are more than just for decoration–it has significant economic potential in increasing their family’s income.

December 19, 2019

Indigenous peoples can help fight climate change, so why aren’t we letting them?

For most indigenous and local communities, nature and culture are inseparable. And for that reason alone, no other sector of society is more suited for caring and guarding key biodiversity and forest areas. Despite only comprising 5% of the global READ MORE »

September 18, 2019

Stories vs. Numbers: Data gaps and synergies in forest trade and markets

The market for forest products continues to grow given the changes in forest products value chains in the Asia-Pacific region. This holds true for both the non-timber and timber ‘worlds.’ Aside from the increasingly transnational nature of trade, the role READ MORE »

September 7, 2019

The value of empowered communities

How do we overcome the challenges of community enterprise initiatives? It’s easy to understand why most people never associate lucrative businesses with forests and indigenous groups. We like to associate big businesses with the destruction of natural resources and the READ MORE »