FAO’s NWFP-Digest: World of Non-Wood Forest Products

Newsletter No. 8/08

FAO’s NWFP-Digest-L is a free e-mail journal that covers all aspects of non-wood forest products. All issues of the Digest may be found on FAO’s NWFP home page: www.fao.org/forestry/site/12980/en.

Issue No. 8/08, 2008-12-08

    1. Acai: The amazing benefits of the acai berry
    2. Bamboo fibers fortify plant-based auto materials
    3. Bamboo Laptop to debut
    4. Bamboo in India: Year of Capacity Building enhances bamboo products (India)
    5. Bamboo in Rwanda: KIE to research bamboo as an alternative energy source
    6. Camu camu and its role in preventing gum disease
    7. Cork: Portugal fighting screw-cap trend to save cork forests
    8. Devil’s claw – a promising remedy for pain
    9. Devil’s Claw in Namibia: Devil’s claw fruit for forest community livelihoods
    10. Essential oils: Himalayan oregano effective against MRSA
    11. Ginseng found highly effective for weight loss and diabetes control
    12. Stevia: FDA may approve stevia-based sweeteners
    13. Truffles: Endangered truffles set to be reared in test tubes
    14. Truffles: Italian truffle fetches $200,000 at Macau auction
    15. Vegetable ivory: ‘Green’ alternative ivory jewellery
    16. Australia: Wattle seeds and bush tomatoes hot stuff
    17. Brazil’s Amazontech debates Amazon’s self-sustainability
    18. Brazil moves to protect and restore endangered Atlantic rainforest
    19. Brazil triples endangered species list
    20. Cameroon: Bee farmers trained on profitable honey farming
    21. Cameroon: Village Tree Planting Project
    22. Finnish mushroom pickers love the forest
    23. India: 800 kg of forest fruits seized
    24. Indonesia: Rinjani Community Push for Forestry Regulations
    25. Senegal: Protecting livelihoods through mangroves
  • NEWS
    26. 2009-2010 Kleinhans Fellowship, Rainforest Alliance: Research in Tropical Non-Timber Forest Products
    27. 2009 Year of the Gorilla: Jane Goodall named patron
    28. Africa: Continent’s Rare Species of Flora and Fauna Face Extinction as Poaching Intensifies
    29. Benefit-sharing: Laws to protect native knowledge ‘are failing’
    30. CITES rhino task force to tackle rhino poaching
    31. Crops for the Future — New international organisation announced
    32. Forest hotspots pinpointed for climate, animals
    33. Nature’s “medicine chest” discovered
    34. New foundation to promote sustainable collection of wild plants
    35. Rainforest fungus may be the future of biofuel
    36. Mapping Alaska Communities Workshop: An Introduction to GIS & Community Analysis
    37. International traditional and designer basketry competition
    38. Second World Congress of Agroforestry (WCA2) (Session topic on NWFP)
    39. XIIIth World Forestry Congress (Extension of Deadline for Paper and Poster Submissions)
    40. Request for information: essential oils
    41. NTFP Curriculum Workbook Available Online
    42. First issue of ‘Journal of Wetlands Ecology’ published
    43. New from Rights and Resources Initiative – local rights and community forest tenure
    44. Other publications of interest
    45. Web sites and e-zines
    46. Forestry takes on the climate change challenge
    47. India’s tropical agriculture ‘can support biodiversity’
    48. ‘Lost’ deer species discovered in Sumatra’s rainforests after 78 years
    49. Nature loss ‘dwarfs bank crisis’


NWFP-Digest-L, 2008-12-08.


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