CIFOR study reveals web of mistrust around forest-protection projects in Cambodia

1 September 2014

BOGOR, Indonesia — Fry a tarantula, save the rainforest?

Forest-based goods such as bamboo, rattan, and yes, edible spiders — a delicacy in Cambodia — can provide an incentive to protect tropical forests in the Southeast Asian country. But formalized programs to promote sustainable trade in such products while boosting local people’s incomes have left communities there disillusioned, new research has found.

This disillusionment can undermine the projects and threaten the protection of the forests that provide such goods, known as non-timber forest products (NTFPs).

Why? A recent study, “No forest, no NTFPs for rural communities in Cambodia,” noted numerous reasons...

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