Registration is now open - join us in Barcelona for the international conference on Wild Forest Products in Europe on 13–14 October!
Mr Paul Vantomme confirmed as keynote speaker
We are happy to confirm that our second keynote speaker will be Mr. Paul Vantomme, who has recently retired after a long and successful career in FAO. He will be talking about wild forest products as food and feed, looking into the trends in production and in regulative systems.
Dr Freerk Wiersum is one of the keynote speakers
We are happy to announce our first key note speaker for the final conference – Dr. Freerk Wiersum, from the Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group at Wageningen, the Netherlands. In his presentation he will look at the traditional process of domestication of forest products and compare it with the recent new interest in 'wild' forest products.
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
Photo by Mikhail Anikaev.