Activities and events

The IUFRO Task Force will review the state-of-knowledge, identify research gaps, advance empirical analysis, examine challenges and opportunities, and develop recommendations as required to advance the harmonised integration of NTFPs into the national and global bioeconomies. It will, as relevant, also reach out to other IUFRO Task Forces to realise synergy, e.g., in relation to the Forest Biomass Network.

To achieve the goal and objectives, the Task Force will work along three lines:

  1. Facilitate dialogue with a global interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral network of researchers working on the interfaces of markets, products, policies, and forest resources and engage these colleagues in discussions and examinations of issues related to the Task Force objectives.
  2. Build on this dialogue to examine, summarise, and propose frameworks that support the understanding and reporting of NTFP contributions to the bioeconomy.
  3. Establish a process to synthesise the 'state-of-knowledge' on NTFPs and the bioeconomy. Focus on (i) developing conceptual and analytical frameworks, (ii) identifying, describing, and analysing cases where NTFPs play a significant economic role at regional or national levels, and (ii) identifying recommendations for integration of NTFPs into bioeconomy strategies.

Upcoming events

  • POSTPONED DUE TO CORONA VIRUS OUTBREAK - NEW DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED!  - Is there a room for the small scale enterprises in the forest bioeconomy? Castelfranco Veneto, Italy – 2-5 June 2020. Units involved: 4.05.00, Task Force "Unlocking the Bioeconomy and Non-Timber Forest Products". 1st announcement  
     
  • Framework to Expedite Transition to Bioeconomy with Nonwood Forest Products - Side Event at the XV World Forestry Congress; 4 May 2022,  12:30-14:00 (Seoul), 03:30-05:00 (UTC), 23:30-01:00 (New York). Flyer    

     

  • Webinar Series "Unlocking the Bioeconomy for Nontimber Forest Products": NWFP in Agroforestry: Farmer’s Perceptions in Europe; online; 26 April 2022, 10:30 a.m ET / 1430 UTC. Speaker: Mercedes Rois Díaz, independent consultant on forest bioeconomy. Event homepage - Registration       

     


Past events

  • Webinar Series "Unlocking the Bioeconomy for Nontimber Forest Products": NTFPs and Bioeconomy in the European Union; online; 22 March 2022, 9:30-10:30 a.m. ET / 1430-1530 UTC . Speaker: Marko Lovric, European Forest Institute, Finland.
     
  • Forests and Sustainable Production and Consumption - Webinar on the occasion of the International Day of Forests 2022; online; 19 March 2022, 14:00-16:00 UTC+0. Units involved: IUFRO Task Force on Unlocking the Bioeconomy and Non-Timber Forest Products; IFSA.  Event homepage - Registration 
     
  • Webinar Series "Unlocking the Bioeconomy for Nontimber Forest Products": NTFP and Bioeconomy in US; online; 15 February 2022, 9:30-10:30 a.m. ET / 1430-1530 UTC . Speaker: James Chamberlain, USDA Forest Service, USA.  
     
  • Webinar Series "Unlocking the Bioeconomy for Nontimber Forest Products": Roles of NTFPs in Poverty Alleviation in China; online; 13 January 2022, 9:00-10:00 a.m. ET / 1400-1500 UTC . Speaker: Liu Jinlong, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China. Webinar flyer 
      
  • Webinar Series "Unlocking the Bioeconomy for Nontimber Forest Products": Towards a Himalayan Bioeconomy; online; 17 December 2021, 9:00 a.m. ET / 14:00 UTC. Speaker: Carsten Smith-Hall, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Webinar flyer  
     
  • Webinar: Segunda Reunión Preparatoria para BioForestALC: ¿Vamos a hablar sobre Bioeconomía del bosque en la Pan Amazonía?; en línea; 25 de noviembre de 2021, 04:00 PM (Sao Paulo). Folleto 
     
  • Webinar Series "Unlocking the Bioeconomy for Nontimber Forest Products": Commercialization of Baobab (Adansonia digitata L.) Fruit Products as an Exemplary NTFP: Lessons Learned from Local to Global Markets; online; 18 November 2021, 7:30-8:30 a.m. ET / 1130-1230 UTC. Speaker: Kathrin Meinhold, Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, Germany. Webinar flyer  
     
  • Webinar Series "Unlocking the Bioeconomy for Nontimber Forest Products": Comparing the Potential of Non-Wood Forest Products in Six European Regions; online; 20 October 2021, 9:30-10:30 a.m. ET / 1330–1430 UTC. Speaker: Harald Vacik, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences – Institute of Silviculture, Austria. Webinar flyer
     
  • Webinar: BioForestALC: ¿Vamos a hablar sobre Bioeconomía del bosque en la Pan Amazonía?; en línea; 20 de octubre de 2021, 9 a.m. a 12 p.m. (Horario de Brasília - Brasil). Folleto
     
  • Webinar Series "Unlocking the Bioeconomy for Nontimber Forest Products": Stone Pine Cultivation and the Emerging Bioeconomy in Chile; online; 30 September 2021, 9:30–10:30 a.m. ET / 1330–1430 UTC. Speaker: Verónica Loewe Muñoz, Chilean Forestry Institute, INFOR, Chile. Webinar flyer
     
  • Webinar Series "Unlocking the Bioeconomy for Nontimber Forest Products": Non-wood provisioning from Mediterranean forest ecosystems; online; 31 August 2021, 1130-1230 UTC • 0730-0830 ET. Speaker: Sven Mutke, Forest Research Center, INIA-CIFOR, Spain. Webinar flyer - Report  
     
  • INCREDIBLE Final Conference: Building partnerships for innovation in Mediterranean NWFP value-chains; online; 15-16 April 2021. Conference homepage  
     
  • INCREDIBLE Policy Forum: Untapping the potential of non-wood forest products for Europe's green economy; online from FAO Rome; 16-17 March 2021. Forum homepage  
     
  • INCREDIBLE-IUFRO Webinar; online; 16-17 September 2020. Report
     
  • 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. Conference website - Report - Pictures   

Send comments to James Chamberlain (Task Force Coordinator)