This NTFPs (Non-Timber Forest Products) and CWRs (Crop Wild Relatives) sector vulnerability report provides a comparative analysis of the vulnerability of a few selected NTFPs and CWRs as examples from hotspot provinces identified within the LMB. It uses a vulnerability assessment method considering the biological and climate tolerances of these species; comparing these first to the existing conditions and “comfort zones” of these hotspot areas, and then to the predicted climatic conditions. Adaptation recommendations for each of the selected species have been developed as a component of this review, either in the context of distinct hotspot areas or sometimes more generally. These were then synthesized into a set of different approaches for encouraging greater resilience amongst the NTFPs and CWRs found in the region.
NTFPs can be considered to lie at the heart of traditional farming systems in the LMB and even have strong links with more commercial farming systems. NTFPs make a significant contribution to national and local economies and may make up over 30% of the income of individual farming families. Crop wild relatives by comparison are often forgotten by all except the agricultural crop researchers. They do not necessarily have the same immediate value as NTFPs for small-scale farmers, but provide an important source of genetic materials for the improvement of existing crops, including the development of resistance to disease and extremes of temperature and drought.
About Sector Analysis Report
Sector analysis reports were prepared to describe anticipated climate change impacts on key livelihood sectors of the LMB, including agriculture, capture fisheries and aquaculture, livestock, and non-timber forest products, as well as on protected areas and socio-economics. These reports served as important references and contributed substantively to the analysis and results of the Climate Change Impact and Adaptation Study for the Lower Mekong Basin released in 2014.
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