The most emblematic and valuable gourmet nut is the Mediterranean pine nut, but from Antiquity edible seed or fruits have had an important role in this area. Pine nuts harvesting has been mechanized considerably -reducing costs and labour risks- and that, along with the most innovative research on forest genetics is helping to modernize the value chain of this NWFP.
In spite of this pests, diseases and fruit pests are one of the main fronts to address, besides the adoption of new forms of forest management taking into account adaptation to climate change, with the focus on the fact that new business opportunities must guarantee traceability and product quality throughout the value chain.
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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