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Untapping the potential of non-wood forest products for Europe's green economy
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Non-wood forest products (NWFP) such as truffles, mushrooms, wild nuts, aromatic plants or cork and resin are an often untapped source of nature-based solutions for Europe’s green economy. They can provide the basis for rural economic activities and offer important sustainable alternatives to fossil-based products. Yet realising their potential to contribute to EU Green Deal objectives and the UN Sustainable Development Goals requires joint action at European level.
The INCREDIBLE Policy Forum, taking place on 2 and 3 February 2021, will discuss the actions needed to position NWFP as a pillar of Europe's bioeconomy. The Forum is addressed to EU, national, regional and local policy makers and key stakeholders in NWFP value chains (associations of forest owners, producers and processors, consumer organisations, industries, NGOs, public institutions, etc.).
This virtual event, which is co-organised by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), will serve as an opportunity to consider the salient issues for NWFP policies and enrich the white paper "Non-wood forest products for people, nature and the green economy. Policy priorities to leverage their hidden potential". This document has been developed within the framework of the INCREDIBLE project, with peer review from the IUFRO and other leading experts.
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