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1 March 2011 Commercial Management of Non-Timber Forest Products in Nepal's Community Forest Users Groups: Who Benefits?
K. Gauli, M. Hauser
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Forest policies in Nepal encourage community forest users to commercialise non-timber forest products for income generation. This study sought to understand the ability of forest users to increase their household income benefit through commercial non-timber forest product management by conducting a multiple linear regression analysis. Furthermore it compares the income generation potential of traditional to enterprise-oriented approaches. Results indicate that, in the enterprise-oriented approach, low wealth category households derived income benefits only when they had equitable access to forests and a reliable market. The findings also show that, under the traditional approach, income benefits are the highest for rich households and the least for female-headed poor households. In contrast, the enterprise-oriented approach strengthens the role of disadvantaged poor households. The study concludes that commercialisation of non-timber forest products does not automatically result in equitable income benefits for everyone, whereas, locally- crafted rules and norms do.

K. Gauli and M. Hauser "Commercial Management of Non-Timber Forest Products in Nepal's Community Forest Users Groups: Who Benefits?," International Forestry Review 13(1), 35-45, (1 March 2011). https://doi.org/10.1505/ifor.13.1.35
Published: 1 March 2011
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