Interest and activities concerning Non-Wood Forest Products (NWFPs) have been renewed worldwide during the last two decades. NWFPs are being viewed as the backbone of generating cash income to rural people as well as contributing to household food security and nutrition. Attempts have also been made to manage NWFP populations sustainably such that commercialisation and conservation of wild populations go hand-in-hand. But rarely these initiatives have been linked to issues of gender, biological constraints of increasing harvestable yield and of domestication. Considering the multitude of species used, products developed, and interests focused, there is need to understand NWFPs, especially in tropics. Precise assessment of NWFP resources is relatively new to the tropical countries although such assessments are the basis for sustainable management. Attempts are being made to domesticate NWFPs to reduce the burden on natural populations besides providing alternate income source. This offers biologists several challenges, which often have a social and/or an economic angle. Further, the commercial viability and availability of channels for marketable products are based on imperfect knowledge. All these issues would have a bearing on sustainable use of NWFPs.
Jointly Organized by Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi and University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad Co-Sponsored by: National Medicinal Plant Board, New Delhi. Contact: Dr. B. S. Janagoudar, Organizing Secretary & Dean (Forestry), College of Forestry, University of Agricultural Sciences (Dharwad), Sirsi Campus – 581401, Karnataka, India. Phone: +91 8384 226146 (tele / fax), +91 8384 223160, E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for papers
The invited and abstract papers for oral or poster presentation of the national seminar must not exceed 2000 words or 4 pages (MS Word, Times New Roman, font size 12 for content and 14 for title). The extended abstracts should contain a title, author’s name(s), address along with the telephone, fax number and email address, introduction, materials and methods, results and discussions, tables, figures and key references. The extended abstract should be e-mailed (e-mail ID: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org) on or before 05 April, 2010. The official language of the seminar is English.
Contact: Dr. B. S. Janagoudar, Organizing Secretary & Dean (Forestry), College of Forestry, University of Agricultural Sciences (Dharwad), Sirsi Campus – 581401, Karnataka, India. Phone: +91 8384 226146 (tele / fax), +91 8384 223160, E-mail:email@example.com