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									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)
Organizations. The Task Force was established to         a Enterprise Works Worldwide (EWW)
                                                                                                                       Forest Products
                                                         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 :
                                                                                                                                 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
                                                                community members in forest management.                          and market research on various NTFPs such as food and         research.
                                                                                                                                 personal care products.

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