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INCREDIBLE Policy Forum: Untapping the potential of non-wood forest products for Europe's green economy (videos below)


The INCREDIBLE Policy Forum, taking place on 16 and 17 March 2021, will discuss the actions needed to position NWFP (non-wood forest products) as a pillar of Europe's bioeconomy. The Forum is addressed to EU, national, regional and local policy makers and key stakeholders in NWFP value chains (associations of forest owners, producers and processors, consumer organisations, industries, NGOs, public institutions, etc.).

The Forum is co-organised by the European Forest Institute (EFI), leading the H2020 INCREDIBLE  project consortium, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), with the support of FoReSTAS (regional Foresta Agency for Land and the Environment of Sardinia) and the Cesefor Foundation.

This virtual event will serve as an opportunity to consider the salient issues for NWFP policies and enrich a white paper on policy priorities for non-wood forest products in Europe. This document has been developed within the framework of the INCREDIBLE project, with peer review from the IUFRO task force on Non-timber forest products and other leading experts. As well, a draft of the Manifesto of Alghero will be presented.

This event has concluded but the 4 sessions can be watched again in the videos below. Also, the exact timecode in which each speaker participated is located in the programme below.





Some of the speakers

Patricia Shanley
People and Plants International
James L. Chamberlain
USDA Forest Service and IUFRO task force on non-timber forest products
Davide Pettenella
University of Padua, Italy
Mauro Poinelli
Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

Event Moderator

Steven Libbrecht - Moderator
Co-founder and managing director of ESSET



SESSION I: Setting the scene - disclosing the potential of non-wood forest products (11.00-13.30h CET / 5.00-7.30h EST)

High-level opening: Welcome & introductory statements .

  • Marc Palahí, Director, European Forest Institute (EFI)

         (watch VIDEO 1, min: 2:07)

  • Ewald Rametsteiner, Deputy Director, Forestry Division, Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

         (watch VIDEO 1, min: 7:26)

  • Joao Pedro Matos Fernandes, Minister of the Environment and Climate Action, Portugal

         (watch VIDEO 1, min: 16:06)

A call for action to leverage non-wood forest products’ potential.

  • Inazio Martínez de Arano, Head of EFI Mediterranean Facility (EFIMED)

        (watch VIDEO 1, min: 52:06:00)

Presenting the Manifesto on NWFP.

  • Sven Walter, Senior Forestry Officer and Team Leader, Forest Products and Statistics, FAO

         (watch VIDEO 1, min: 58:02:00)

Keynote – From Local to Global: The Enduring Power and Promise of Forest Goods.

  • Patricia Shanley, People and Plants International

         (watch VIDEO 1, min: 1:14:05)

Perspectives from the value chains: the richness and diversity of NWFP 

  • Joao Rui Ferreira, APCOR (cork)

         (watch VIDEO 1, min: 1:37:09)

  •  Jean-Charles Savignac, Président d'honneur du Groupement européen Truffe et Trufficulture et de la Fédération française des trufficulteurs (truffles)

         (watch VIDEO 1, min: 1:46:30)

          (watch VIDEO 1, min: 1:55:03)

  • Jesús Quintá,   IXP Castaña de Galicia - Alibós Galicia SL (chestnut)

          (watch VIDEO 1, min: 2:03:22)

  • Hamed Daly Hassen, Ministry of Agriculture, Tunisia (aromatic and medicinal plants)  (PRESENTATION)

         (watch VIDEO 1, min: 2:08:05)

Open debate and Conclusions of session I.

SESSION II: Sustainable sourcing and secure supply of NWFP (15.00-17.15h CET / 9.00-11.15h EST)

Introduction to the session.

Keynote presentation - Sustainable Sourcing of Non-timber Forest Products: Why? What will it take?.

  • James Chamberlain, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service and IUFRO task force on non-timber forest products (PRESENTATION)

         (watch VIDEO 2, min: 7:02)

Success cases for ensuring the supply of wild and semi-wild forest products.

- Guaranteeing the supply of cork and the multifunctionality of Quercus forest

  • Antonio Paula Soares, Chairman of the European Commission Civil Dialogue Group on “Forestry and member of the board of Confederation of European Forest Owners (CEPF) (PRESENTATION)

         (watch VIDEO 2, min: 36:47:00)

- Information systems on prices and producers of NWFP in Portugal (cork, resin and pine nusts).

  • Cristina Pereira Santos, Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas (ICNF) (PRESENTATION)

         (watch VIDEO 2, min: 46:08:00)

- Inventory and managment of wild mushrooms from EMI - examples of best practices.

  • Fernando Martínez-Peña, Agri-Food Research and Technology Centre of Aragon (CITA) and European Mycological Institute (EMI).(PRESENTATION) (watch VIDEO 2, min: 59:01:00)

- Voluntary standards and certification supporting sustainable and beneficial trade in wild-harvested NWFPs.

  • Anastasiya Timoshyna, TRAFFIC and IUCN Species Survival Commission - Medicinal Plant Specialist Group (PRESENTATION)

         (watch VIDEO 2, min: 1:06:25)

Wrap-up on the needed policy actions for long-term conservation and supply of NWFP.

  • Álvaro Picardo, General Direction in Natural Heritage and Forest Policy of Junta de Castilla y León (PRESENTATION)

         (watch VIDEO 2, min: 1:25:19)

The potential contribution of the upcoming EU policies to the development of NWFP.

  • Mauro Poinelli, Head of Unit “Environment, climate change, forestry and bio-economy”, DG AGRI, European Commission.

        (watch VIDEO 2, min: 1:40:05)

Open debate and Conclusions of session II   

SESSION III: Competitive and equitable NWFP value chains (11.00-13.15h CET / 5.00-7.15h EST)

Welcome address.

  • Vladimir Nikolić, Senior adviser, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, Directorate for Forests, Serbia (PRESENTATION)

         (watch VIDEO 3, min: 0:00:49)

Introduction to the session.

Keynote presentation - Competitive and equitable NWFP value chains, challenges and opportunities.

  • Davide Pettenella, University of Padua, Italy (PRESENTATION)

         (watch VIDEO 3, min: 0:17:32)

Success case for fostering transparency, competitiveness and equitability of NWFP value chains.

- The tax reform on "wild growing non-wood products" in Italy: lesson learnt and new opportunities for the forest sector.

  • Enrico Vidale, TeSAF Department University of Padua (PRESENTATION)(watch VIDEO 3, min: 1:00:15)

- Labour and fiscal policies supporting resin holdings in Spain.

  • Guillermo Fernández, Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge of Spain (MITECO) (PRESENTATION)

         (watch VIDEO 3, min: 1:06:26)

- Ecotourism in wild mushroom sector in Greece.

  • Vassilis Katsoupas, Kanela & Garyfallo, Vitsa Zagori, Greece

        (watch VIDEO 3, min: 1:15:08)

- National Programmes for NWFPs in Turkey.

  • Ismail Belen, Foundation of the People CARing for FUture (CARFU) and Ministry of Agriculture and Forests of Turkey (PRESENTATION)

         (watch VIDEO 3, min: 1:22:46)

Key action on transparency and visibility of NWFPs.

  • Giulia Muir, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) (PRESENTATION) (watch VIDEO 3, min: 1:36:38)

Wrap-up on the policy actions needed to secure successful NWFP value chains.

  • Sara Maltoni, Regional Forest Agency for Land and the Environment of Sardinia, Italy (FoReSTAS) (PRESENTATION)

         (watch VIDEO 3, min: 1:47:50)

Open debate and Conclusions of session III.

SESSION IV: Call for action  (15.00-17.30h CET / 9.00-11.30h EST)

Introduction to the session.
The White Paper “Non-Wood Forest Products for people, nature and the green economy. Policy priorities for Europe. A white paper based on lessons learned from across the Mediterranean”.

  • Inazio Martinez de Arano, Head of the European Forest Institute Mediterranean facility (EFIMED) (PRESENTATION)

        (watch VIDEO 4, min: 0:07:39)

Panel discussion and debate: views from National, European and international institutions.

  • Humberto Delgado Rosa, Director of the Natural Capital Directorate, DG Environment of the European Commission

         (watch VIDEO 4, min: 1:02:36)

  • Alessandra Stefani, General Director of the Forest Department, Italian Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

        (watch VIDEO 4, min: 0:41:42)

  • Piotr Borkowsky, Executive Director of the European State Forest Association (EUSTAFOR)

         (watch VIDEO 4, min: 0:53:28)

  • Lyubov Polyakova, Head of International Cooperation, Science and Public Relation Division, State Forest Resources Agency of Ukraine and Acting Chair of FAO’s European Forestry Commission

        (watch VIDEO 4, min: 0:49:15)

  • Antonio Paula Soares, Chairman of the European Commission Civil Dialogue Group on “Forestry and member of the board of Confederation of European Forest Owners (CEPF)

        (watch VIDEO 4, min: 0:57:18)

Bridging on future initiatives

  • Chadi Mohanna,Director of Rural Development and Natural Resources, Ministry of Agriculture of Lebanon, and Chair of Silva Mediterranea (PRESENTATION)

          (watch VIDEO 4, min: 2:13:30)

Supporting the Manifesto on Wild and semi wild Products.

  • Sven Walter, Senior Forestry Officer and Team Leader, Forest Products and Statistics, FAO

        (watch VIDEO 4, min: 2:29:02)

Conclusions of the Policy Forum.


Join the INCREDIBLE Policy Forum and help us boost the role of NWFP in Europe's green economy.




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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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