This book provides the first in-depth investigation of how non-timber forest products are an integral part of local, national, and global bioeconomies.
While the plants and fungi that produce non-timber forest products are essential to the sustainability of forest ecosystems, peoples' food and livelihood security and sovereignty, and thus the bioeconomy, are often absent from bioeconomic strategies. Presenting a selection of empirical cases from around the world that engage with the bioeconomy and non-timber forest products, this volume reveals how essential these products are to creating a greener and more sustainable future, how to to better integrate them into efforts to transition to and expand the bioeconomy, and how such efforts can be supported and developed. Chapters analyse how and to what degree non-timber forest products promote sustainable resource use, generate employment, and contribute to food and livelihood security and poverty alleviation. The volume develops approaches and identifies interventions and policies to support the integration of non-timber forest products into bioeconomy strategies, including in national reporting schemes to provide recommendations for future research and practical implementation.
This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of forest and natural resource management, bioeconomics, circular economy and ecological economics more widely. It will also be of interest to professionals working in sustainable development and the forestry sector.
- Why focus on non-timber forest products in the bioeconomy?
- Non-timber forest products and the European bioeconomy: status and transition pathways
- Non-timber forest products in Canada: their role in bioeconomy
- Commercial fungi, indigenous communities, and the bioeconomy transition in Southwest China
- The potential for using non-timber forest products to develop the Brazilian bioeconomy
- Informal markets, marginal populations, and the bioeconomy – the success story of açaí (Euterpe oleracea Mart.) in the Guiana Shield
- Lessons for the forest-based bioeconomy from non-timber forest products in Mexico
- Non-timber forest products and bioeconomy transitioning in Cameroon: potentials and challenges
- An operational transition pathway to a forest-based bioeconomy: lessons from the wild-simulated ginseng industry
- The potential of non-timber forest products to contribute to the bioeconomy transition: the example of baobab (Adansonia digitata L.) in Malawi
- A framework supporting the transition to a forest-based bioeconomy and its application to Nepal
- A national-level approach to integrating non-timber forest products and the bioeconomy: the example of Argentina
- Forest management for sustainable sourcing of non-timber forest products in a bioeconomy
- Mediterranean stone pine production systems and the emerging bioeconomy in Chile
- Participatory GIS applications for wild berry utilisation and the Finnish bioeconomy
- The keys to unlocking the bioeconomy with non-timber forest products
Carsten Smith-Hall and James Chamberlain
Part 1: Where are we – the starting point
Marko Lovrić, Sven Mutke, Elena Górriz Mifsud, Inazio Martinez de Arano, Davide Matteo Pettenella, Enrico Vidale, Irina Prokofieva, and Robert Mavsar
Sen Wang, Harry Nelson, Shashi Kant, and Andrea Lyall
Sandra Regina Afonso, Joberto Veloso de Freitas, Janaína D.A.S. Diniz, and Maria de Fátima de Brito Lima
Janaína D.A.S. Diniz and Nathalie Cialdella
María Teresa Pulido Silva and Daniela Ortega Meza
Jude Ndzifon Kimengsi, Gadinga Walter Forje, and Nyong Princely Awazi
Part 2: How do we move on – specific examples
Mi Sun Park and Hansol Lee
Dietrich Darr, William K. Dumenu, Jens Gebauer, Victor Kasulo, Matthias Kleinke, Kathrin Meinhold, Chimuleke Munthali, and Florian Wichern
Meenakshi Piplani and Carsten Smith-Hall
Sandra Sharry, Patricia Boeri, and Natalia Raffaeli
Part 3: Helpful tools and technologies – tricks of the trade
Michelle Balasso, Sven Mutke, Jonathan P. Sheppard, and James Chamberlain
Verónica Loewe-Muñoz and Claudia Delard
Rainer Peltola, Jari Miina, and Mikko Kurttila
James Chamberlain and Carsten Smith-Hall
"This timely and seminal investigation enters almost untouched academic territory by combining scholarship on the bioeconomy and non-timber forest products, moving beyond the dominating Western and biotech focus. The book is of high value to students, researchers, and policy practitioners in bioeconomy, forestry, development, livelihoods & poverty around the globe."
Lukas Giessen, Professor of Tropical & International Forestry, TU Dresden and Editor-in-Chief of Forest Policy and Economics
"Forests play a critical role in supporting the transition from fossil fuels towards a "green" bioeconomy to tackle the climate crisis, biodiversity loss, and land degradation. This book analyses the importance of non-timber forest products in the bioeconomy on five continents, providing a solid scientific basis for insightful recommendations on sustainable management and increased benefits to communities living in and near forests."
John Parrotta, President, International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)