Non Wood Forest Products for Rural Livelihood and Sustainable Forestry with special reference to Chhattisgarh, India
NWFP or Non Wood Forest Products form the backbone of rural Indian economy. It is an alternative source of livelihood for rural population especially the tribals of East and Central India. The rich diversity of Non-Wood Forest Products in Indian forests generates high economic revenues thus boosting alternative income opportunities under changing climatic conditions. The current paper throws light on this issue which is often understated. Selected villages and village based markets of Surguja district in Chhattisgarh is the focal point of the study. Our socioeconomic and environmental survey revealed that NWFP has successfully proved itself to be a potential alternative economy in the remote landscapes of the country. The government support in relation to NWFP collection and selling is commendable too. However, development of the market linkages is the need of the hour for a consistent growth in NWFP markets as well as sustainable development of NWFP production in the forgotten landscapes of our country.