A major component of the INCREDIBLE project is sharing contextualized knowledge from research and practice. Project partners collected relevant information on NWFP innovation (research, success stories, good practices, databases, technical reports, policies) that were further elaborated through an interactive knowledge sharing and co-development process.
To capture new ideas, as well as to mobilise the broader community and contribute to a mind-set change on science-practice interaction, the INCREDIBLE Knowledge Contest on NWFP was launched. This contest invited hundreds of stakeholders to share their innovations in the field of NWFP with the wide community reached by the INCREDIBLE project. More than 200 such contributions on NWFP in the Mediterranean were collected and are now available on the INCREDIBLE Knowledge repository.
Among the many valuable contributions, six finalists were selected by our experts to attend the project’s Final Conference (April 2021), where they had the opportunity to present their knowledge, receive international recognition and network with the project consortium and its many stakeholders. Conference participants voted for the best practice or the innovation having the most positive impact.
Alexandros Pantazis of Greece won the contest with the idea for Cooperatively designing and manufacturing tools for small-scale agricultural production. The selected runners up were A new technology of extracting the fixed (non-volatile) oil of Pistacia lentiscus for the benefit of rural women represented by Sondes Fkiri of Tunisia, and New drilling method for resin extraction in Segovia by Santiago Michavila Puente-Villegas of Spain. The authors of all three contributions were each awarded with an EFI grant to support a knowledge exchange visit. The winners could make a physical visit to an INCREDIBLE partner organisation of their choice and other connected entities, allowing them to spend some days of exchange with NWFP professionals.
Read more on INCREDIBLE’s blog on how these visits strengthened INCREDIBLE's knowledge-sharing community and gave the winners the opportunity to discuss their NWFP innovation with stakeholders in the field.
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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