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INCREDIBLE Final Conference: Building partnerships for innovation in Mediterranean NWFP value-chains


Thank you for your interest, even though this event has ended the 3 sessions can be watched again in the videos below. Also, the exact timecode in which each speaker participated is located in the programme below together with the presentations.

The INCREDIBLE Final Conference, taking place online on 15 and 16 April 2021, will explore and celebrate the outcomes of the project with a special emphasis on the flagship initiatives and important achievements of each Interregional Innovation Networks (iNets). This virtual event will also present the innovations that have originated from the project activities, displaying the strength of lasting partnerships formed throughout the project’s life. The conference will also give special attention to the importance of making Non-wood forest products (NWFPs) visible into EU thematic networks.

The online event is addressed to EU, national, regional and local stakeholders in NWFP value chains. In particular, we welcome associations of forest owners, producers and processors, consumer organisations, industries, NGOs, public institutions, etc.

During the session 2 (15 April at 15:25 CEST) will take place the INCREDIBLE knowledge contest. Six finalists are competing for the INCREDIBLE knowledge contest and you can help them win! Check out their factsheets below and start choosing your favourite one.

The conference is co-organised by the European Forest Institute (EFI), H2020 INCREDIBLE project coordinator, and Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Universidade de Lisboa (ISA) .





Session 1. INCREDIBLE Achievements: policy recommendations and key project outcomes

The session will explore main INCREDIBLE knowledge-to-practice outputs including: policy recommendations at the EU, national and local levels developed through the INCREDIBLE policy forum and NWFP flagship initiatives deployed in the project. The session is concluded with a virtual round table to discuss the creation of a NWFP observatory for the Mediterranean area, as to solidify networks strengthened through the project and concretise the important role of NWFP within the Mediterranean policy agenda.



Opening: welcome & introductory statements (watch VIDEO 1, min: 00:00:49)

  • Inazio Martinez de Arano (EFI)
  • Margarida Tomé (ISA)



Introductory keynote presentation (watch VIDEO 1, min: 00:18:55)

  • Jenny Wong (Director of Wild Resources Limited) (PRESENTATION)



Policy recommendations on NWFP (PRESENTATION) (watch VIDEO 1, min: 00:49:08)

  • Sara Maltoni (FORESTAS)
  • Álvaro Picardo (Junta de Castilla y León))






Innovation in NWFP thematic networks: highlights

  • Encouraging dialogues and exchange of knowledge: Sven Mutke (INIA) (PRESENTATION)

          (watch VIDEO 1, min: 01:18:34)

  • Increasing transparency in resin supply chains: Aída Rodríguez (CESEFOR) (PRESENTATION)

          (watch VIDEO 1, min: 01:10:26)

         (watch VIDEO 1, min: 01:26:00)

  • Promoting marketability: Conceição Santos Silva (UNAC) (PRESENTATION)

         (watch VIDEO 1, min: 01:35:17)

  • Supporting policy making: Kalliopi Stara (UOI) (PRESENTATION)

         (watch VIDEO 1, min: 01:43:00)



Round table and debate: towards a NWFP observatory for the Mediterranean area (watch VIDEO 1, min: 01:55:00)

  • Hamed Daly-Hassen (National Agriculture Observatory, Tunisia)
  • Adriano Raddi (Catalan Forest Observatory, Spain)
  • António Gonçalves Ferreira (Cork Oak and Cork Observatory, Portugal)
  • Vladimir Nikolić (Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, Serbia)
  • Klemens Schadauer (European National Forest Inventory Network)



Conclusions of Session 1



Lunch break.



Session 2. INCREDIBLE Innovation festival

This session will showcase the knowledge-to-action innovation cases compiled and gathered in the project Knowledge repository for Non-Wood Forest Products, will present the six finalists of the INCREDIBLE knowledge contest, participants will vote to select winner, and you will learn the trajectory of the entrepreneurs that received the support of the INCREDIBLE acceleration service in February 2020.






Knowledge exchange: the Knowledge repository for Non-Wood Forest Products

  • Joana Paulo (ISA) (PRESENTATION) (watch VIDEO 2, min: 00:09:20)



INCREDIBLE knowledge contest: presentation of the seven finalists, voting and winner announcement

  • Benjamin Chapelet (CNPF) (watch VIDEO 2, min: 00:27:42)
  • Inazio Martinez de Arano (EFI)
  • Finalists of the INCREDIBLE knowledge contest (watch VIDEO 2, min: 01:27:40)



Open innovation to establish NWFP businesses: legacy of the INCREDIBLE open innovation challenge, followed by Debate: how to support entrepreneurship and the uptake of innovation in NWFP sectors?

  • Nicola Andrighetto and Jacopo Giacomoni (ETIFOR) (PRESENTATION)

         (watch VIDEO 2, min: 01:37:00)

  • Entrepreneurs supported by the INCREDIBLE acceleration service



Conclusions of Session 2 (watch VIDEO 2, min: 02:13:00)



Optional: breakout rooms in Zoom available for direct exchanges with the available entrepreneurs having participated in acceleration service and finalists of the knowledge contest


Session 3. The role of forests in EU Thematic networks: exploring lessons learnt

A high-level discussion with EU representatives and linked thematic network projects about the future of forestry-based thematic networks and operational groups in the next EU programming period.






Keynote presentation: new repository on thematic networks and future calls (tentative)

  • Inge Van Oost, Policy Officer, European Commission, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

         (watch VIDEO 3, min: 00:48:00)



Keynote presentation: non-wood forest products: the Portuguese context

  • Cristina Santos (Chief of Forest Management Division at ICNF) (PRESENTATION)

          (watch VIDEO 3, min: 00:17:00)






Round table and debate: forest thematic networks - lessons learnt (watch VIDEO 3, min: 01:30:20)

  • AFINET H2020 project: Rosa Mosquera (University of Santiago de Compostela)
  • INCREDIBLE H2020 project: Inazio Martinez de Arano (EFI)
  • Non-Wood Forest Products IUFRO Task Force: James Chamberlain (USDA Forest Service)
  • Euraknos H2020 project: Pieter Spanoghe (Ghent University)



Conclusions of Session 3 and End of Final Conference





Join the INCREDIBLE Final Conference and help us boost the role of NWFP in Europe's green economy.



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      In collaboration with the Bioregions Facility.






The INCREDIBLE project aims to show how Non-Wood Forest Products (NWFP) can play an important role in supporting sustainable forest management and rural development, by creating networks to share and exchange knowledge and expertise. ‘Innovation Networks of Cork, Resins and Edibles in the Mediterranean basin’ (INCREDIBLE) promotes cross-sectoral collaboration and innovation to highlight the value and potential of NWFPs in the region.


Innovation Networks of Cork, Resins and Edibles in the Mediterranean basin’ (INCREDIBLE) project receives funding from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme under grant agreement Nº 774632


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