Wild Forest Products in Europe
13–14 October 2016
Scope & Objectives
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.
This conference aims at exchanging new knowledge on these topics presenting novel approaches and scientific advancements in the field of wild forest products from forest management, production of wild products towards processing and marketing. The conference will provide the opportunity to present and discuss the opportunities and limitations of current and possible future approaches to wild forest products.
The thematic areas of the conference are:
- Novel concepts for managing forests for wild forest products
- New evidence on marketing and trade within Europe and on a global scale
- Governing wild forest products: gaining new institutional and policy evidence
- Innovation in wild forest product value chains
- Unraveling the social and cultural dimensions of wild forest products
- Phytosanitary aspects and pests: how to foster resilience of wild forest products in the conditions of climate change
Conference and venue
The two-day conference will include invited keynote talks, sessions with contributed oral presentations, a poster exhibit, and a panel discussion with decision makers and stakeholder representatives. The conference will be arranged at the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site in Barcelona, Spain. This UNESCO World Heritage site is unique in many ways, not the least for its architecture. For a short introduction to the venue and its history, please watch this video clip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSdRYhs6yp4
Early registration deadline: 15 July 2016
Late registration deadline: 30 August 2016
Dr. Bernhard Wolfslehner, European Forest Institute