Small-scale Forestry

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 151–161 | Cite as

Selection of Non-timber Forest Species for Community and Private Plantations in the High and Low Altitude Areas of Makawanpur District, Nepal

  • Tek N. Maraseni
Research Paper


The domestication of non-timber forest species (NTFS) is receiving increasing attention from developing economies. However, little is known about the selection of NTFS in Nepal for commercial uses. Sixteen selection criteria were developed and NTFS were ranked for community and private plantations in both low altitude and high altitude areas of Makawanpur district, Nepal, by workshops of multiple NTFS stakeholders. The rigorous scoring of 12 ecologically screened NTFS against the 16 selection criteria revealed that kurilo and sarpagandh are highly preferred NTFS for low altitude areas whereas chiraito and jatamanshi are highly preferred for high altitude. This finding coincides with the general perception of participants and contemporary literature. These are the species being rapidly depleted from the natural forests. Rapid decline of valuable species creates strong motivation from stakeholders for planting them on community and private land.


Non-timber forest species Selection criteria Kurilo Chiraito 



I would like to thank the Australian Centre for Sustainable Catchments, University of Southern Queensland, for logistical and other support. My special thanks go to Steve Harrison of the University of Queensland and Jerry Maroulis of the University of Southern Queensland for their tremendous effort in editing and providing critical comments that assisted in the production of this final version. Most importantly, my cordial thanks go to the forest officers, rangers, district development committee members, village development committee chairpersons and secretaries, and NTFS collectors, planters, processors, middlemen and wholesalers of Makawanpur district, Nepal, for their invaluable contributions and discussions to the workshops.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Australian Centre for Sustainable Catchments—Condamine AllianceUniversity of Southern QueenslandToowoombaAustralia

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