Special Issue "Non-timber Forest Products Perspectives in a Bioeconomy"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Economics, Policy, and Social Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2022) | Viewed by 1313

Special Issue Editors

Dr. James L. Chamberlain
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U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station, Blacksburg, VA, USA
Interests: utilization of non-timber forest products (NTFPs); sustainable management of forest resources
Faculty of Life Sciences, Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, Marie-Curie-Straße 1, 47533 Kleve, Germany
Interests: food systems; smallholder agriculture; rural development; non-timber forest products (NTFP); land use decisions; innovation systems; strategic management; agri-food; forestry
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Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group, Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR), 6708 PB Wageningen, The Netherlands
Interests: agro-industrial chains; agroforestry; development economics; forest policy; forest products; non-wood forest products
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Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Renmin University, Beijing 100872, China
Interests: forest policy; local governance; natural resources management; poverty alleviation and community building
Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen, Rolighedsvej 23, 1958 Frederiksberg C., Denmark
Interests: livelihoods; value chains; non-timber forest products; bioeconomy
Department of Economics, University of Brasília, Brasilia, Brazil
Interests: environmental economics; forest economics; forest policy; bioeconomy; economic development; structural change

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The European Commission in 2020 defined a bioeconomy as encompassing sustainable production of renewable resources from land, fisheries and aquaculture environments and conversion into food, feed, fiber bio-based products and bioenergy as well as related public goods. A forest-based bioeconomy is posited to reduce the environmental impacts of economic growth through improved management that ensures sustainable production and consumption. While forests cover a third of the global land area, they are weakly included in bioeconomy strategies, and non-timber forest products (NTFP) are absent. The plants, fungi and animals that produce NTFP are essential to peoples' food, medicinal, energy and livelihood security and sovereignty and healthy and resilient forest ecosystems, and as sources of phytochemicals and further products, thus constituting integral parts of any forest-based bioeconomy. Getting these products recognized as just that and then integrating them into local, national and global efforts to develop bioeconomies requires expanding perspectives of what is included in a bioeconomy. A forest-based bioeconomy is much more than recycling or new advances in biotechnology. Indeed, achieving wider transitions may contribute to solving the global challenges of biodiversity conservation, climate change and eradicating absolute poverty by increasing the value of standing forests and addressing the urgent needs of forest-reliant people and communities.

The IUFRO task force “Unlocking the Bioeconomy and Non-Timber Forest Products” is facilitating this Special Issue of the journal Forests. The Special Issue "Non-Timber Forest Products and the Bioeconomy" addresses the myriad of issues affecting efforts to improve the production, management and governance of NTFP to support inclusion in emerging models of forest-based bioeconomies. Notable examples of scholarship in this area are available at https://www.iufro.org/science/task-forces/bioeconomy-and-non-timber-forest-products/publications/. Contributors to the issue are encouraged to participate in the monthly task force webinar series and are welcome to view archived presentations.

Manuscripts that examine, from an empirical or conceptual–theoretical perspective, the economic contributions of NTFP to the sustainable management and governance of forests, to advance knowledge relative to bioeconomy transitions and strategies and related policies, are invited. We are looking for a wide geographic and gender diversity of authors and subjects and encourage students and young professionals to contribute.

Dr. James L. Chamberlain
Prof. Dr. Dietrich Darr
Dr. Verina Ingram
Prof. Dr. Jinlong Liu
Prof. Dr. Carsten Smith-Hall
Daniel Moura da Costa Teixeira
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • bioenergy
  • forest food
  • forest medicine
  • governance
  • green economic development
  • household and macro-economics
  • livelihoods
  • policy
  • sustainability
  • sustainable development transformation
  • transition pathways
  • new product development
  • value chains

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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