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INCREDIBLE 3rd General Assembly: Strengthening the strategy to ensure maximum impact of the project

Autumn brought a rich harvest of ideas and information as partners from the INCREDIBLE project met in Barcelona for their third General Assembly. The project, which fosters innovation in science and practice exchange via five networks for Mediterranean non-wood forest products (NWFP), is moving into its final year and, as such, the time was ripe for in-depth reflection on how to use the remaining time most effectively, for maximum impact.

Partners from seven countries attended the meeting, held at project coordinator EFI’s Barcelona offices on 16-18 October. The five Innovation Networks (iNets) gave an update on progress to date, which has included the identification of areas for research or focus for innovation, as well as the organisation of various Science-to-Practice events, seminars and interregional workshops. Attention now shifts to the lasting impact each iNet would like to achieve by the end of the project and ideas on the continued support for these vital networks.

Several working sessions enabled partners to advance considerably in various tasks that will be key to the long-term impact of the project. The longest was a session dedicated to the “White Book on NWFP”. This booklet, summarising policy recommendations on NWFP for European countries, will be the cornerstone of the INCREDIBLE Policy Forum, to take place in June 2020, where NWFP stakeholders and policy makers will debate the most appropriate policy measures to develop and enhance NWFP value chains in the Mediterranean context.

A further session was devoted to the update of the communication and dissemination strategy, in order to prioritise project outcomes and outputs for dissemination and specifying formats and target audiences. Additionally, a session was dedicated to the “stories” that will come out of the project, looking to turn a report, summarising the lessons learnt by project partners on fostering innovation in the NWFP sector, into a user-friendly handbook.

INCREDIBLE partners were also glad to welcome three members of the project’s Advisory Board, from the FAO, SCP/RAC and LURESA, who contributed to the Project Management Team meeting with their knowledge and experience. As the project is moving into its final year, this was an appropriate moment for strategic reflection and their input was highly appreciated.

Finally, during the afternoon of the first day, the Assembly hosted a Responsible Research and Innovation Social Lab, promoted by the NewHoRRizon project. Entitled “Reflection Café on Multi-Actor Approaches”, participants could share their experiences, doubts and challenges faced when participating in projects using the multi-actor approach. Representatives from various current H2020 or past FP7 projects and thematic networks joined the workshop, including AFINETBEST4SOILSINCERESIMRAEURAKNOSand BEWATER.

Now, after the rich harvest of ideas shared over three days, comes a year of hard work bringing them all to fruition.

News Date: 
Τρίτη, 29 Οκτώβριος, 2019
iNet news: 
Wild Mushrooms & Truffles
Wild Nuts & Berries
Aromatic & Medicinal Plants

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Το πρόγραμμα INCREdible στοχεύει στο να αναδείξει τρόπους με τους οποίους τα Μη Ξυλώδη Δασικά Προϊόντα (ΜΞΔΠ) μπορούν να παίξουν σημαντικό ρόλο στη στήριξη βιώσιμων πρακτικών διαχείρισης των δασικών πόρων, καθώς  και στην ανάπτυξη αγροτικών περιοχών, με τον σχηματισμό δικτύων μέσα από τα οποία μεταδίδονται και ανταλλάσσονται πληροφορίες και εμπειρίες. Το πρόγραμμα "Δίκτυα καινοτομίας για τον Φελλό, το Ρετσίνι και Εδώδιμα προϊόντα της Μεσογειακής Λεκάνης" (INCREdible) προωθεί την διατομεακή συνεργασία και καινοτομία, με σκοπό να αναδείξει την αξία και τη δυναμική των ΜΞΔΠ στην περιοχή.


‘Το πρόγραμμα Δίκτυα καινοτομίας για τον φελλό, τις ρητίνες και τα εδώδιμα προϊόντα της Μεσογειακής λεκάνης (INCREdible)  χρηματοδοτείται από το πρόγραμμα HORIZON 2020 της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής, στο πλαίσιο συμφωνίας επιχορήγησης Αρ. 774632.


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