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Roadmap

During the celebration of the Scoping Seminars, some work sessions were held to establish a roadmap for the development of this iNet, including the priority themes that will be addressed throughout the project.  

Priority themes to focus Cork iNet actions:

The priority themes to focus INCREDIBLE actions were:  

  • Climate change adaptation and cork oak decline (7 votes)
  • Evaluation of Ecosystem services (life cycle approach) (6 votes)
  • Profitability (6 votes)
  • Policies targeted on multifunctional (3 votes)
  • Communication (to consumer, to research, … (3 votes)

For three of these main themes the results of the sessions were:

A) EVALUATION OF ECOSYSTEM SERVICES

Type: Management and innovation challenge

Desired state: A set of management models suitable for different conditions available; Balancing different ES, achieving synergies among ES; Delivery of ES is rewarded and profitable

What needs to happen: research based identification of models; assessment of feasibility of proposed models (stakeholder engagement); assessment of ES within each management model (quantifying synergies and trade-off)

Actions/ Role for INCREDIBLE: providing a rating system associated to different ES performances;

 

B) PROFITABILITY

Type:

Technological challenge – mechanical cork harvesting; cork extraction and transport logistics;

Organizational challenge – negotiation power increase

Policy challenge related to ES payment regulation

Business model challenge

Desired state:

Decrease costs; 30% cork mechanically debarked; new marketing strategies;

Increase profits; payments for ES are normal; dynamic and innovative sector; workers training; transparent market trading

What needs to happen: improve funding to implement the R&D agenda; expand cork quality sampling; develop a humidity sampling methodology; financial schemes to support plantation (attractive and adequate); cork market platform expansion.

Actions/ Role for INCREDIBLE: document and share relevant cases; workshop organization about the relevant cases; dissemination event (include field discussions); cross seminar cork oak x rural development; content review NWFP training necessities; training school meetings; e-tools development: webinar; practical tutorials videos)

 

C) CLIMATE CHANGE

Type: Management and innovation challenge - facing the effects of climate change, decrease in precipitation, increase in temperature and of extreme events, and with the fact that cork oak is a slow response system/specie.

Desired state: resilient ecosystem services from cork oak systems

What needs to happen: more adaptive management at a spatial and temporal scale (no unique management solution)

Actions/ Role for INCREDIBLE:

  • Awareness of public decision-makers for the need for long term research
  • Analysis and integration of existing information and good practices for dissemination for forest owners
  • Promote research and knowledge transfer cooperation among cork oak stakeholders.

About

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.

Funding

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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