Rattans and bamboos are economically the most important NTFPs in Asia. As rattan requires arboreal support and shade, its cultivation does not re-
Table 1.1. Examples of non-timber forest products (NTFPs), extracted and collected by local people from tropical forests quire clear felling of forest, but rather requires that forests are left standing. Cultivation of rattan can be eight times more profitable than rice (Thadani 2001). Bamboo is used mainly for furniture but also for paper and food, as the shoots are edible.
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