ABOUT

THE NON WOOD FOREST PRODUCTS DATABASE

The database of European NWFPs produced has been made available by the COST Action FP1203: European non-wood forest products (NWFPs) network. Adopted database design attempts to show, in a concise way, the most relevant data for selected NWFP. Identification of NWFP to be included was based on a pan-European common survey amongst 29 countries participating in the COST Action FP1203. Thus, the NWFP included in the database have been considered important in the European context. Apart from NWFP information covered here it was also included links to pertinent references and websites.

An effort has been made to present useful information for NWFP stakeholders and the general public. If you find any editions/changes needed on this website, it will be very useful to bring it to our attention.

COST ACTION FP1203

Non-wood forest products (NWFPs) have important commercial, environmental, social and recreational roles in many European forests. They also have a relevant place in the multifunctional sustainable forest management (MSFM) paradigm, being the main source of income from forests in several regions. Although the importance of NWFPs is recognised and accepted, forest research remains mainly focussed on timber production. Consequently knowledge about European NWFPs is comparatively scarce, as is research on their ecology, management and economics, required to optimize sustainable simultaneous production of different products from forests. It is proposed that a multidisciplinary European network on NWFPs will help to bridge these gaps.

In this context, the main goal of the Action is to build a broad multidisciplinary network of European NWFPs researchers and managers, to review the current state of the art, highlight existing innovation, share information and experience, identify research topics, seek research synergies and by increasing the European-wide theoretical and practical understanding of NWFPs, promote their sustainable management.

General Information

Chair of the Action:

Professor MArgarida Tomé (PT)

Vice Chair of the Action:

Dr Jenny WONG (UK)

Science officer of the Action:

Dr Federica ORTELLI

Administrative officer of the Action:

Ms Cassia AZEVEDO

Action website:

http://www.nwfps.eu/

*Source: http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/fps/FP1203