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Special issue of Forests: Call for Manuscript Submissions

Special Issue "Non-Wood Forest Products Management: Inventory, Planning, Governance, Marketing and Trade"

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO Units 4.04.04—Sustainable Forest Management Scheduling and 5.11-Non-Wood Forest Products, IUFRO Task Force on Unlocking the Bioeconomy and Non-Timber Forest Products) as well as the 19th Symposium on Systems Analysis in Forest Resources (SSAFR 2021) are sponsoring this Special Issue of Forests (

We welcome the submission of manuscripts for publication in this Forests special issue (SI). There are a myriad of opportunities to unlock the full potential of NWFPs, such as creating new knowledge and tools to optimize the sustainable provision and profitability of NWFPs, fostering the development of market conditions for NWFPs, and developing economic and governance strategies for the better management of wild forest products—particularly in low-income countries. Thus, this SI aims at contributing to the dissemination of research endeavors involving the development of models, methods, processes, and decision support tools to address the inventory, planning, harvesting, governance, certification, marketing, and trade of NWFPs. This will be influential to strengthen the NWFP knowledge base and of research strategies to support the full encapsulation of NWFPs in the framework of the sustainable management of forest ecosystems. Papers submitted for publication in this Special Issue will undergo a rigorous peer review process with the aim of prompt and wide dissemination of research results and applications.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.

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Call for Book Chapter Proposals

The IUFRO Task Force on "Unlocking the Bioeconomy and Non-Timber Forest Products" is planning to publish a book with the working title: "The bioeconomy and non-timber forest products: theory and empirical advances".

The overall purpose of the proposed book is to provide the first in-depth investigation of how non-timber forest products are part of local, national, and global bioeconomies. The book will examine attempts to integrate NTFPs into transition efforts to and expand the bioeconomy, and how such efforts can be supported and developed. The book will bring together critical analysis and insights from a range of countries, including and particularly from the Global South. The book will be interdisciplinary, documenting a plurality of methods, approaches, and solutions.

The primary audience will be professionals, e.g., graduate students, researchers, forest land managers, and policy makers, interested in NTFPs and their sustainable management to enhance the biological and economic dynamics of harvests to the benefit of human well-being. The book is relevant to economists, agronomists, foresters, geographers, sociologists, anthropologists, environmental scientists, and other resource management fields.

Deadline for chapter abstract submissions: 30 April 2020.



The Social and Ecological Value Added of Small-Scale Forestry to the Bio-Economy; Bolzano, Italy; 6-9 October 2020. IUFRO Units involved: 4.05.00, 4.05.01, 4.05.02, 4.05.03, 4.05.04, 4.05.05, Task Force on Unlocking the Bioeconomy and Non-Timber Forest Products. Book of Abstracts

Relevant Publications & References

Chamberlain, J.L.; Darr, D.; Meinhold, K. Rediscovering the Contributions of Forests and Trees to Transition Global Food SystemsForests 202011, 1098.

Marko Lovrić, Riccardo Da Re, Enrico Vidale, Irina Prokofieva, Jennifer Wong, Davide Pettenella, Pieter Johannes Verkerk, Robert Mavsar. 2020. Non-wood forest products in Europe – A quantitative overview. Supplement. Forest Policy and Economics

Aguilar, A., Twardowski, T., and Wohlgemuth, R. 2019. Bioeconomy for Sustainable Development.Biotechnology Journal: 1800638.

Birch, K. and Tyfield, D. 2013. Theorizing the bioeconomy: biovalue, biocapital, bioeconomics or … What? Science, Technology, & Human Values, 38(3): 299-327.

Bugge, M.M., Hansen, T., and Klitkou, A. 2016. What is the bioeconomy? A review of the literature. Sustainability, 8: 691.

Cai, M., Pettenella D., and E.Vidale (2010). Income generation from wild mushrooms in marginal rural areas.Forest Policy and Economics, (13), p. 221-226

Chamberlain, J.L., G. Ness, C.J. Small, S.J. Bonner, E.B. Hiebert. 2013. Modeling below-ground biomass to improve sustainable management of Actaea racemosa, a globally important medicinal forest product.Forest Ecology and Management, 293:1-8

Chamberlain, J.L., S. Prisley, and M. McGuffin. 2013 Understanding the Relationship between American Ginseng Harvest and Hardwood Forests Inventory and Timber Harvest to Improve Co-Management of Forests of Eastern United States.Journal of Sustainable Forestry, 32 (6): 605-624.

Chamberlain, J.L., Frey, G.E., Ingram, C.D., Jacobson, M.G., and Starbuck Downes, C.M.. 2017. Forest ecosystem services: Provisioning of non-timber forest products. In: Sills, E.O., Moore, S.E., Cubbage, F.W., McCarter, K.D., Holmes, T.P., and Mercer, D.E., eds. Trees at work: economic accounting for forest ecosystem services in the U.S. South. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-226. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 65-93. Chapter 5.

Chamberlain, J.L., Emery, M.R., and Patel-Weynand, T., eds. 2018. Assessment of nontimber forest products in the United States under changing conditions. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS–232. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 260 p.

Chamberlain, J., Small, C. and Baumflek, M., 2019. Sustainable Forest Management for Nontimber Products.Sustainability, 11(9), p.2670.

D'Amato, D., Veijonaho, S. and Toppinen, A., 2018. Towards sustainability? Forest-based circular bioeconomy business models in Finnish SMEs. Forest Policy and Economics, p.101848.

Dawson, I.D., Attwood, S., Park, S.E., Jamnadass, R., Powell, W., Sunderland, T., Kindt, R., McMullin, S., Hoebe, P.N., Baddeley, J.A., Staver, C., Vadez, V., Carsan, S., Roshetko, J.M., Amri, A., Karamura, E., Karamura, D., Paulo, van Breugel, Hossain, E., Phillips, M., Kumar, A., Lilleso, Jens-Peter B., Benzie, J., Sabastian, G.E., Ekesa, B., Ocimati, W., and Graudal, L.. 2019. Contributions of biodiversity to the sustainable intensification of food production: Thematic study for The State of the World's Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture. (CA4003EN ed.) Rome, Italy: Food and Agriculture Organization.

Dietz, T., Börner, J., Förster, J.J. and Braun, J.V. 2018. Governance of the Bioeconomy: A Global Comparative Study of National Bioeconomy Strategies.Sustainability, 10; 3190.

Frey, G.E., Chamberlain, J.L. and Prestemon, J.P., 2018. The potential for a backward-bending supply curve of non-timber forest products: An empirical case study of wild American ginseng production. Forest policy and economics, 97: 97-109.

Hurmekoski, E., Lovrić, M., Lovrić, N., Hetemäki, L. and Winkel, G. 2019. Frontiers of the forest-based bioeconomy – A European Delphi study. Forest Policy and Economics,102: 86-99.

Kauffman, J.S., Prisley, S.P. and Chamberlain, J.L. 2015. Monitoring non-timber forest products using forest inventory data: An example with slippery elm bark. Journal of Forestry, 114: 8pp

Kleinschmit, D., Arts, B., Giurca, A., Mustalahti, I., Sergent, A., and Pülzl, H. 2017. Environmental concerns in political bioeconomy discourses.International Forestry Review, 19(1): 1-15.

Kleinschmit, D., Lindstad, B., Thorsen, B.J., Toppinen, A., Baardsen, S. and Roos, A., 2014. Shades of green: a social scientific view on bioeconomy in the forest sector.Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, 29: 402-410.

Lovrić, M., Lovrić, N. and Mavsar, R., 2019. Mapping forest-based bioeconomy research in Europe. Forest Policy and Economics.

Martínez de Arano, I., Muys, B., Topi, C., Pettenella, D., Feliciano, D., Rigolot, E., Lefevre, F., Prokofieva, I., Labidi, J., Carnus, J.M., Secco, L., Fragiacomo, Ma, Follesa, M., Masiero, M., and Llano, R. 2018. A forest-based circular bioeconomy for southern Europe: visions, opportunities and challenges. Reflections on the bioeconomy. European Forest Institute, Joensuu.

Narendra BH, JM Roshetko,HL Tata, and E Mulyoutami. 2013. Prioritizing Underutilized Tree Species for Domestication in Smallholder Systems of West Java.Small-scale Forestry, 12(4): 519-538.

Pettenella, D., Secco, L. and Maso, D., 2007. NWFP&S marketing: lessons learned and new development paths from case studies in some European countries. Small-scale Forestry, 6(4), pp.373-390.

Roshetko JM, and Bertomeu M. 2015. Multi-species and multifunctional smallholder tree farming systems in Southeast Asia: timber, NTFPs, plus environmental benefits.Annals of Silvicultural Research, 39 (2): 17-24.

Sabastian GE, Yumn A, Roshetko JM, Manalu P, Martini E, and Perdana A. 2017. Adoption of silvicultural practices for smallholder timber and NTFPs production systems in Indonesia. Agroforestry Systems, 93 (2): 607-620

Sanz-Hernández, A., Esteban, E., and Garrido. P. 2019. Transition to a bioeconomy: perspectives from social sciences.Journal of Cleaner Production, 224: 107-119.

Schmidt, J.P., Cruse-Sanders, J., Chamberlain, J.L., Ferreira, S. and Young, J.A., 2019. Explaining harvests of wild-harvested herbaceous plants: American ginseng as a case study. Biological conservation, 231, pp.139-149.

Small, C.J., J.L. Chamberlain and D.S. Mathews. 2011. Recovery of Black cohosh (Actaea racemosa) Following Experimental Harvests. American Midland Naturalist, 166(2):339-348.

Small, C.J., J.L. Chamberlain, C.M. Nuckols. 2014. Failure of black cohosh (Actaea racemosa L.) rhizome transplants: Potential causes and forest farming implications. Agroforestry Systems, 88:815-822.

Takala, T., Tikkanen, J., Haapala, A., Pitkänen, S., Torssonen, P., Valkeavirta, R. and Pöykkö, T., 2019. Shaping the concept of bioeconomy in participatory projects–An example from the post-graduate education in Finland. Journal of Cleaner Production, 221: 176-188.

Winkel, G. (Ed.) 2017. Towards a sustainable European forest-based bioeconomy. European Forest Institute, Joensuu, 160pp.


What is the bioeconomy?,

Circular Forest Bioeconomy in Southern Europe,

COST Action FP1203 European non-wood forest products (NWFPs) network, 

DIABOLO [Distributed, Integrated and Harmonised Forest Information for Bioeconomy Outlooks],

European Bureau for Conservation & Development (EBCD),

European Forest Institute & Bioeconomy,

European non-wood forest products (NWFPs) network,

Forest-based Sector Technology Platform (FTP), the European Technology Platform (ETP) of the forest-based sector,!/

FTP database of ongoing and concluded research and innovation activities,!/]

INCREDIBLE: Innovation Networks for Cork, Resins & Edibles (EU Thematic network),

Institute of Agricultural and Forest Management and Certification (IMAFLORA),

MedForest & Bioeconomy,

Network for Natural Gums and Resins in Africa (NGARA),

Nontimber Forest Products and Bioeconomy,

Nontimber Forest Products Exchange Programme,

NTFP Exchange Programme – Indonesia, ,

UN FAO Nonwood Forest Products,

SCAR, Standing Committee on Agricultural Research, Bioeconomy Strategic Working Group,


Send comments to James Chamberlain (Task Force Coordinator)