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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.

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Martes, 29 Octubre, 2019
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About

El proyecto INCREDIBLE pretende mostrar cómo los productos forestales no maderables (PFNM) pueden desempeñar un papel importante en el apoyo a la gestión forestal sostenible y el desarrollo rural, mediante la creación de redes para compartir e intercambiar conocimientos y experiencia. INCREDIBLE (acrónimo de ‘Innovation Networks of Cork, Resins and Edibles in the Mediterranean basin’) promueve la colaboración e innovación intersectorial para destacar el valor y el potencial de los PFNM en la región.

Funding

El proyecto INCREDIBLE recibe fondos del programa Horizon 2020 de la Comisión Europea en el marco del acuerdo de subvención Nº 774.632.

Contact

Email: info@incredibleforest.net or use the contact form.
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