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INCREDIBLE Policy Forum: Untapping the potential of non-wood forest products for Europe's green economy


The INCREDIBLE Policy Forum, taking place on 16 and 17 March 2021, will discuss the actions needed to position NWFP (non-wood forest products) 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.).

The Forum is co-organised by the European Forest Institute (EFI), leading the H2020 INCREDIBLE  project consortium, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), with the support of FoReSTAS (regional Foresta Agency for Land and the Environment of Sardinia) and the Cesefor Foundation.

This virtual event will serve as an opportunity to consider the salient issues for NWFP policies and enrich a white paper on policy priorities for non-wood forest products in Europe. This document has been developed within the framework of the INCREDIBLE project, with peer review from the IUFRO task force on Non-timber forest products and other leading experts.


Some of the speakers

Patricia Shanley
People and Plants International
James L. Chamberlain
USDA Forest Service and IUFRO task force on non-timber forest products
Davide Pettenella
University of Padua, Italy

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Mauro Poinelli
Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

Some of the Rapporteurs

Riccardo Castellini
Cesefor Foundation
Conceição Santos Silva
UNAC – Mediterranean Forest Union



SESSION I: Setting the scene - disclosing the potential of non-wood forest products (11.00-13.30h)

High-level opening: Welcome & introductory statements .

  •     Marc Palahí, Director, European Forest Institute (EFI)
  •     Ewald Rametsteiner, Deputy Director, Forestry Division, Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  •     Joao Pedro Matos Fernandes, Minister of the Environment and Climate Action, Portugal

A call for action to leverage non-wood forest products’ potential.

  •     Inazio Martínez de Arano, Head of EFI Mediterranean Facility (EFIMED)

Presenting the Manifesto on NWFP.

  •     Sven Walter, Senior Forestry Officer and Team Leader, Forest Products and Statistics, FAO

Keynote – From Local to Global: The Enduring Power and Promise of Forest Goods.

  •     Patricia Shanley, People and Plants International

Perspectives from the value chains: the richness and diversity of NWFP 

  •     Joao Rui Ferreira, APCOR (cork)
  •     Jean-Charles Savignac, Groupement européen Truffe, Fédération française trufficulteurs (truffles)
  •     Mariana Jorge Ferreira, Luresa Resinas SL / Grupo RB (resin)
  •     Jesús Quintá,  EUROCASTANEA (chestnut)
  •     Hamed Daly Hassen, Ministry of Agriculture, Tunisia (aromatic and medicinal plants)

Open debate and Conclusions of session I.

SESSION II: Sustainable sourcing and secure supply of NWFP (15.00-17.15h)

Introduction to the session.

Keynote presentation - Sustainable Sourcing of Non-timber Forest Products: Why? What will it take?.

  •    James Chamberlain, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service and IUFRO task force on non-timber forest products

Success cases for ensuring the supply of wild and semi-wild forest products.

- Guaranteeing the supply of cork and the multifunctionality of Quercus forest

  •  Antonio Paula Soares, Chairman of the European Commission Civil Dialogue Group on “Forestry and member of the board of Confederation of European Forest Owners (CEPF)

- Information systems on prices and producers of NWFP in Portugal (cork, resin and pine nusts).

  •  Cristina Pereira Santos, Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas (ICNF)

- Inventory and managment of wild mushrooms from EMI - examples of best practices.

  •  Fernando Martínez, European Mushroom Institute

- Voluntary standards and certification supporting sustainable and beneficial trade in wild-harvested NWFPs.

  • Anastasiya Timoshyna, TRAFFIC and IUCN Species Survival Commission - Medicinal Plant Specialist Group

Wrap-up on the needed policy actions for long-term conservation and supply of NWFP.

  •     Álvaro Picardo, Junta de Castilla y León

The potential contribution of the upcoming EU policies to the development of NWFP.

  •     Mauro Poinelli, DG-AGRI, European Commission

Open debate and Conclusions of session II   

SESSION III: Competitive and equitable NWFP value chains (11.00-13.15h)

Introduction to the session.

Keynote presentation - Competitive and equitable NWFP value chains, challenges and opportunities.

  • Davide Pettenella, University of Padua, Italy 

Success case for fostering transparency, competitiveness and equitability of NWFP value chains.

- The tax reform on "wild growing non-wood products" in Italy: lesson learnt and new opportunities for the forest sector.

  •  Enrico Vidale, TeSAF Department University of Padua

- Labour and fiscal policies supporting resin holdings in Spain.

  •  Guillermo Fernández, Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge of Spain (MITECO)

- Ecotourism in wild mushroom sector in Greece.

  •  Vassilis Katsoupas, Kanela & Garyfallo, Vitsa Zagori, Greece

- National Programmes for NWFPs in Turkey.

  •  Ismail Belen, Foundation of the People CARing for FUture (CARFU) and Ministry of Agriculture and Forests of Turkey

Key action on transparency and visibility of NWFPs.

  •     Giulia Muir, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Wrap-up on the policy actions needed to secure successful NWFP value chains.

  •     Sara Maltoni, Regional Forest Agency for Land and the Environment of Sardinia, Italy (FoReSTAS)

The EC’s view on raw material provisioning of European Green Industries.

  •     Maila Puolamaa, DG-GROW, European Commission

Open debate and Conclusions of session III.

SESSION IV: Call for action  (15.00-17.30h)

Introduction to the session.
The White Paper “Non-Wood Forest Products for people, nature and the green economy. Policy priorities to leverage their hidden potential”.

  •     Inazio Martinez de Arano  (EFI)

Panel discussion and debate: views from National, European and international institutions.

  • Humberto Delgado Rosa, DG ENV, European Commission
  • Alessandra Stefani, DG Forest Department, Italian Ministry of Agriculture
  • Piotr Borkowsky, European State Forest Association (EUSTAFOR) 

  • Lyubov Polyakova, European Forestry Commission (EFC)/FAO for Europe

Bridging on future initiatives

  • Chadi Mohanna, Ministry of Agriculture in Lebanon and Chair of Silva Mediterranea

Supporting the Manifesto on Wild and semi wild Products.

  •     Sven Walter, Senior Forestry Officer and Team Leader, Forest Products and Statistics, FAO

Conclusions of the Policy Forum.


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




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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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