Role of non-timber forest products in sustaining forest-based livelihoods and rural households' resilience capacity in and around protected area: a Bangladesh study

Mukul, Sharif Ahmed, Rashid, A. Z. M. Manzoor, Uddin, Mohammad Belal and Khan, Niaz Ahmed (2015) Role of non-timber forest products in sustaining forest-based livelihoods and rural households' resilience capacity in and around protected area: a Bangladesh study. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 59 4: 628-642. doi:10.1080/09640568.2015.1035774


Author Mukul, Sharif Ahmed
Rashid, A. Z. M. Manzoor
Uddin, Mohammad Belal
Khan, Niaz Ahmed
Title Role of non-timber forest products in sustaining forest-based livelihoods and rural households' resilience capacity in and around protected area: a Bangladesh study
Journal name Journal of Environmental Planning and Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1360-0559
0964-0568
Publication date 2015-06-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09640568.2015.1035774
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 59
Issue 4
Start page 628
End page 642
Total pages 15
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 3305 Geography, Planning and Development
2312 Water Science and Technology
2300 Environmental Science
1507 Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
2308 Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Abstract People in the developing world derive a significant part of their livelihoods from various forest products, particularly non-timber forest products (NTFPs). This article attempts to explore the contribution of NTFPs in sustaining forest-based rural livelihood in and around a protected area (PA) of Bangladesh, and their potential role in enhancing households' resilience capacity. Based on empirical investigation, our study revealed that local communities gather a substantial amount of NTFPs from national park despite the official restrictions. Twenty seven percent households (HHs) of the area received at least some cash benefit from the collection, processing and selling of NTFPs, and NTFPs contribute to HHs' primary, supplementary and emergency sources of income. NTFPs also constituted an estimated 19% of HHs' net annual income, and were the primary occupation for about 18% of the HHs. HHs' dependency on nearby forests for various NTFPs varied vis-à-vis their socio-economic condition, as well as with their location from the park. Based on our case study, the article also offers some clues for improving the situation in PA.
Keyword Bangladesh
NTFPs, national park
Resilience
Rural livelihood
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 5 June 2015.

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