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Non-Wood Forest Products - NWFP are forest products that are not included in the logging sector and which may contribute to the development of the rural economy and promote job creation.
In general, the non-wood forest products have always been - and remain - an important element of forest resources. However, until recently, it was paid insufficient attention to their management and utilization.
Paradoxically, in some cases, a better understanding of the use of non-wood forest products can be directly linked to the process of their gradual destruction. As cultures and communities evolved towards a market economy, they had tended to reduce the use of these forest products for livelihood; Unfortunately, in general, this decline was not accompanied by better management of some non-wood products as an integral part of the development process. As a result, traditional knowledge about these products gradually disappears. Too often, their real value is significantly undervalued at national or local level; their use expires, either due to lack of appropriate economic measures or developing measures without clear vision.