StarTree: Multipurpose trees and non-wood forest products: a challenge and opportunity

StarTree is a pan-European project to support the sustainable exploitation of forest resources for rural development. The project ran from November 2012 - October 2016 and is now completed.

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Non-wood forest products in Europe: seeing the forest around the trees

Follow the complete NWFP value chain from primary production to marketing, and the accompanying institutional frameworks in this major publication of StarTree results.  This publication is part of the EFI What Science Can Tell Us series.

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State of European NWFP

What can StarTree add to our understanding of non-wood forest products (NWFP)? The picture which emerges from the StarTree research is one which demonstrates the central role of NWFPs in the forest culture of Europe.

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Wild Forest Products in Europe

A visual glimpse at the current state of wild forest products in Europe, based on StarTree research and sector mapping. For more information, read the full report, State of the European NWFP, and the Policy Brief on NWFP.

Final meeting North Karelia

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 Posted in StarTree, News, North Karelia

NKarelia RSG3_3_350The North Karelian Stakeholder Group gathered up for the last time on 6th of October in Joensuu. The ending of project is close, but discussion was already heading to future plans and ideas! The attendees in the meeting represented public and private actors and organizations at the sector.

The main topics at the meeting were the results of the project and future plans. The results were presented by Mikko Kurttila, Jari Miina and Veera Tahvanainen, one work package at the time.

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After the presentations the ideas and usefulness of the results were discussed. Especially the producing of wild forest products gained a lot of attention. It was discussed that concentrating on the wild forest products that cannot be collected by the everyman's rights would be more attractive for the forest owner; hence more research could be useful at that area.

Secondly the development of the sector was discussed and the stakeholder group was happy, that the sector has gradually been formally recognized (Sector Report of Business Sector Services for natural products, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland). However there are still many things to do and develop. Trends and new enterprises are drawing attention towards this sector, which is a positive thing.

NKarelia RSG3_1_350At the end of the meeting expectations of stakeholders from the first RSG meeting were reflected with the results of the project. Most expectations were answered at least to some extent. The atmosphere at the stakeholder group was positive and the results of the project were considered useful. And most importantly, the results form a good baseline for new activities, from which some have already started!

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StarTree Video

A StarTree infographic shows how forests provide us with a great deal more than wood and can be used to strengthen economic activities in rural areas.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonst ration under grant agreement No. 311919

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