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A company-community partnership for Fsc-Certified non-timber forest product harvesting in Brazilian Amazonia: Requirements for sustainable exploitation

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This chapter discusses a case in point, namely a company-community partnership in the Brazilian Amazon region in which local harvesters and commercial producers agreed on the sustainable and certified extraction and management of two of the main commercial non-timber forest products (NTFP) of South America: the palm heart and fruit juice (açaí) of Euterpe oleracea. After a brief description of the partnership, the chapter deals with the nature and economic importance of E. oleracea products. Then it pays attention to conventional exploitation techniques and how Euterpe can be managed sustainably. The chapter also discusses the actions to be taken barriers to be overcome and research to be carried out to ensure that açaí and palm heart are produced on a sustainable basis.

Keywords: Brazilian Amazon region; company-community partnership; E. oleracea products; forest product certification; Forest Stewardship Council (FSC); non-timber forest product (NTFP); sustainable exploitation; sustainable forest management



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