Title page for ETD etd-12072001-124445

Type of Document Project
Author Sene, Abdou
Author's Email Address asene@vt.edu
URN etd-12072001-124445
Title Strategies for Sustainable Development of Non-Timber Forest Products in Senegal
Degree Master of Science
Department Forestry
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Hammett, Alfred L. Tom Committee Chair
Johnson, James E. Committee Member
Moore, Keith M. Committee Member
  • enterprise
  • income generation
  • forest policy
  • Senegal
  • non-timber forest products
Date of Defense 2001-10-22
Availability unrestricted

In recent years, forests have been increasingly recognized as rich reservoirs for many valuable biological resources. As a result of the devastation caused by drought, clearing land for agriculture, and overexploitation of timber, there has been a growing interest in non-timber forest products (NTFPs). The Senegal Forestry Action Plan, designed to ensure sustainable forest management, stresses the importance of identifying the constraints to and opportunities for sustainable development of non-timber forest products.

This paper seeks to accomplish this and to suggest sustainable new NTFP development initiatives. First, data on products and prices from Senegal's Forestry Service and reports and other documents were examined to identify constraints to NTFP management and opportunities for NTFP development. Then, a thorough literature review of topics related to NTFPs was completed. Informal interviews with NTFP specialists were also conducted. Finally, a case study analysis examined NTFP management and utilization in conditions similar to Senegal.

Management and utilization constraints can be removed when policies involve local populations. While some policy opportunities facilitate sustainable management, further efforts must be made to involve all NTFP stakeholders. Successful programs will organize stakeholder groups or enterprises, inventory all forest resources, develop NTFP focused pilot projects including the cultivation of native NTFP species, and give gender considerations high priority.

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