Join us in Barcelona for the international conference on Wild Forest Products in Europe on 13–14 October!
The conference features an interesting mixture of topics portraying the multitude of wild forest products and their importance and potential. The preliminary programme for the conference is now available, as well as a book of abstracts. For practical info, see here.
Wild forest products, also known as non-wood forest products, are vitally important to the people of Europe. Wild products are a cluster of many different products, frequently associated with the green economy, the local valuable traditions, soft tourism, the rediscover of the richness and values of European rural areas and people. They can also be a source of raw materials for industry. Up to now in many European countries the forest-based sector has been mainly built around wood based products. This is due to the significant relative economic importance of wood and the well-structured and competitive value chains based on such raw material.
However, the full potential of non-wood forest products needs to be unlocked in order to increase the socio-economic opportunities and competitiveness of rural economies. Indeed, there are still numerous knowledge gaps on data gathering, synergies and trade-offs with standard forest management, markets and marketing for wild forest products, institutional and policy aspects, and competitive and innovation potentials in a European bio-economy.
Dr. Bernhard Wolfslehner, European Forest Institute