The first cross-cutting seminar of INCREDIBLE project, held 10 and 11 June, was dedicated to a presentation of successful initiatives capable of connecting the production of agricultural and forest products and the territory of origin.
When it comes to sustainable forest management, it is important to see the forest for more than just the trees. In a plenary session for the Sixth Mediterranean Forest Week (6MFW) in Lebanon from 1-5 April, the European Forest Institute Mediterranean Facility (EFIMED) focused on “Forest-based Solutions: Linking Non-Wood Forest Products (NWFP) with the Economy, Participatory Approaches”.
Addressing the possibilities of the sector of aromatic and medicinal plants in El Bierzo (a small region in northern Spain), cultivation methods or knowing the markets and marketing have been some of the aspects addressed today in the launch of a new HUB that also seeks entrepreneurs to energize this area.
Different grafting techniques and deployment strategies for improved genetic materials of stone pine, Pinus pinea, offer more landowners the possibility to consider the tree as a viable crop. The stone pine is an emblematic tree that produces Mediterranean pine nuts, the most expensive nuts in global markets due to their scarcity.
In many EU countries, the collection and the consumption of truffle and mushrooms are historically strictly linked to local traditions of many communities. Although the economic and social role covered by these products, and the growing interest towards them, the European sector of mushrooms and truffles appears very heterogenous, with a chaotic situation, especially in terms of taxations for producers (pickers or farmers). In particular, a lack of homogenization of fiscal system among EU Member States favours an unfair competition among EU actors.
The Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia-CTFC hosted 19th November a Science-to-practice INCREDIBLE event focused on the legal framewok and opportunities of the Mushroom regulated areas. The purpose of the journey was to present several examples of mushroom hunting regulated areas in different Spanish regions, namely Castilla y León, Aragón and Catalonia aiming to understand the factors that are behind the success of such initiatives.
Overharvesting to meet skyrocketing demand in Turkey and elsewhere is placing the endemic wild orchid population in Pindos, northwestern Greece at risk, according to a team of scientists studying the flowers. A key ingredient for the production of salep, a popular sweet drink, and Turkey's mastic ice cream dondurma, the dried orchid is now fetching prices as high as 90-120 euros per kilo on the black market.
Il progetto INCREDIBLE ha lo scopo di mostrare come i prodotti forestali non legnosi (NWFP) possono svolgere un ruolo importante nel sostenere la gestione forestale sostenibile e lo sviluppo rurale, creando reti per condividere e scambiare conoscenze e competenze. Il progetto INCREDIBLE promuove la collaborazione e l'innovazione intersettoriali per evidenziare il valore e il potenziale dei prodotti forestali non legnosi nel bacino del Mediterraneo.
Il progetto INCREDIBLE ("INNOVATION Networks of Cork, Resins and Edibles in the Mediterranean basin") riceve finanziamenti dal programma della Commissione Europea Horizon 2020 secondo il grant agreement Nº 774632.