Webinar - Non-timber forest products in China: History, key challenges, and ways forward
January 13, 2022
9:00—10:00 a.m. ET / 1400—1500 UTC via Zoom
A presentation by Jinlong Liu
Part of the “Unlocking the Bioeconomy for Nontimber Forest Products” webinar series.
This presentation will explore China’s story of evolving notion of Non-Timber Forest Products, experiences of policy supporting promotion of NTFPs in the rural economy, and try to capture policy implications. NTFPs are of great importance to peoples’ livelihood, rural economy, cultural heritage, biodiversity conservation, and community engagement, yet their roles in rural social-ecological systems varies greatly. Since 2004, collective forest reform has been implemented and most forests have been privatized to individual households. However, a large percentage of those forests have been poorly managed due to low economic returns and bureaucratic challenges to harvesting trees. To be discussed are the steps taken to motivate more investment in forest lands and support implementation of rural collective forest tenure reform, what policy reforms by different levels of government have worked or not, and the challenges faced by and recommendations for integrating NTFPs into the “green” economy.
This webinar series is hosted by the IUFRO Task Force, USDA Forest Service, The Forest History Society, and Renmin University of China.