Who We Are Partners Ournetwork of several organizations across the The Non-Timber Forest Products - Task Force is a collaborative network of Philippine grassroots- based non-government organizations and Peoples We are a Philippine archipelago: a Agtulawon Mintapod Higaonon Cumadon (AGMIHICU) a Broad Initiatives for Negros Development (BIND) Non-Timber Organizations. The Task Force was established to a Enterprise Works Worldwide (EWW) Forest Products N a Father Vincent Cullen Tulugan Learning and address the emerging livelihood needs of upland Development Center (FVCTLDC) on-timber forest products have gained forest peoples, particularly those who depend on a Kalahan Educational Foundation (KEF) substantial global interest in recent years due Task Force NTFPs. The Task Force focuses on NTFP development a Kapulungan ng mga Mangyan para sa Lupaing Ninuno(KPLN) a Mangyan Mission to the increasing recognition of their strategic and management issues in the context of sustainable a Nagkakaisang Mga Tribu ng Palawan (NATRIPAL) potential in achieving environmental objectives such as tropical forest management. a Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Mangyan Alangan (SANAMA) the conservation of biological diversity. a Upland NGO Assistance Committee (UNAC) -FAO, 2002 We promote NTFP development that: a Upland Marketing Foundation, Inc. (UMFI) a does not adversely affect cultures and traditions a empowers and strengthens communities to be effective stewards of natural resources a uses appropriate technology and incorporates We work closely with the Non-Timber Forest Products indigenous knowledge systems and practices whenever Exchange Programme for South and Southeast Asia suitable (NTFP-EP). This Exchange Programme is a regional network a strikes a balance between economic development that strengthens the capacities of local communities on and ecological conservation sustainable forest management. It focuses on facilitating a recognizes women as vital partners in NTFP information exchange, providing exposure opportunities, development and assists in building linkages with partners and resource organizations. Its regional partners include organizations Our Vision from Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, India, Cambodia and We envision a sustainable forest environment and the Philippines. quality life for forest-based communities. Our Mission We work with local NGOs and POs to help empower forest-based communities by developing culturally What are NTFPs? appropriate, sustainable NTFP-based livelihoods and Non-timber forest products or NTFPs are all the biological community-supportive resource management policies. resources we get from forests, other than timber. If you use products like honey, herbs and spices, bamboo, Our Objectives rattan and essential oils, then you belong to the eight out of ten people in developing countries (including millions 1. To advocate for a policy framework that supports in rural Asia) who use NTFPs in their homes and for their and responds to sustainable community resource livelihood (FAO, 2002). management practices 2. To provide opportunities to increase income and Non-Timber Forest Products - Task Force Examples of NTFPs are: social and environmental benefits of forest-based 92-A Masikap Extension a edible plants and animals such as honey, fruits, herbs communities through sustainable livelihood initiatives Barangay Central and spices, nuts, mushrooms, fodder, cooking oils, fish, 3. To establish a strong, sustainable and viable Diliman, Quezon City aquatic invertebrates, insects, and terrestrial wildlife network of community-based resource management 1100 Philippines a non-edible plants and animals such as rattan, practitioners and advocates composed of POs and TELEPHONE: 63 2 - 929 3665 bamboo, resin, natural dyes, essential oils, ornamental TELEFAX : 63 2 - 426 2757 plants, fiber, gums, herbal medicines, pharmaceuticals NGOs cooperating towards forest conservation and and cosmetics. sustainable livelihoods WEBSITE : http://www.ntfp.org a Community-Based Enterprises and Marketing Many of our partner organizations and their community groups are developing local livelihoods, including What We Do a Network Development handicrafts and food-based enterprises. and Information Exchange We have organized and strengthened crafts- Indigenous communities based community enterprises in some of our partner and their grassroots NGO communities. partners are often isolated To support these community-based initiatives, we from information centers established the CustomMade Crafts Center (www.cmcrafts. a Resource Management and communication org) that serves as the integrated marketing arm and While NTFPs are used for food, housing, medicine and technology. We serve as the design center for the crafts program. The Center takes trade, they have a critical role in ecosystems as well. We network hub, disseminating the lead in product development, design, assembly, envision the sustainable use of NTFPs to ensure critical information to our finishing and marketing. It also takes a proactive approach both ecological balance and sufficient production for partners in rural and upland to marketing by creating and penetrating new markets a Policy Advocacy subsistence and commercial needs. areas. through product adaptation, product diversification and We believe that the recognition of rights to land and In remaining natural forests, NTFP-TF promotes We document the branding. Its products cater to a wide range of market resource utilization can strengthen the bargaining power sustainable harvest and management techniques. good practices and model segments, including the niches for high-end fashion and and optimize economic returns for forest user groups and We also promote participatory resource monitoring interventions of our partners home accessories, conference kits and gifts. Most products indigenous people. Moreover, security to resource use is an initiatives in ensuring the sustainability of critical NTFPs. and partner communities in the sustainable management are sold domestically but some products are also being important incentive to sustainable forest management. Replanting efforts are done at the village level to ensure of NTFPs and other related initiatives. We release a exported to Europe, the United States and Japan. CMCC We seek to address the problem of NTFP enterprises the propagation and conservation of NTFPs used as raw semi-annual newsletter, Not byTimber Alone, which employs the principles of fair trade, cultural respect and losing out on benefits that go to other players in the trade materials for livelihood (e.g., natural dyes, rattan, and features partners’ activities and discussions on NTFPs and environmental sustainability in its work. chain. We lobby and negotiate for resource access rights for fibers). With the vision of expanding existing natural related issues. We also prepare manuals/primers for local We provide business development services including forest user groups; strategically promote people-centered forests, NTFP-TF promotes “rainforestation” as a primary audiences. training and mentoring on financial management, and ecologically sound policies and programs with the reforestation technology by utilizing endemic species We organize national meetings and fora to provide business planning, strategic marketing, and others. government and other sectors; and assist groups in the in developing diverse forests both for production and the venue for further exchange of ideas and consensus We collaborate and draw guidance from our well- official delineation and recognition of ancestral domains conservation purposes. building on common initiatives and advocacy points. We established marketing partner, the Upland Marketing and other tenurial or usufruct instruments. NTFP-TF especially works on promoting sustainable also facilitate the sharing of learning experiences and Foundation, Inc. (UMFI). In cooperation with UMFI we We accomplish all these through the conduct of policy extraction methods of forest honey from native bee organize technical training for NGO practitioners and conduct capacity building, enterprise development fora, trainings on lobbying and advocacy and policy species. community members in forest management. and market research on various NTFPs such as food and research. personal care products.
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