Non-wood forest products for people, nature and the green economy

Wild forest products such as cork, natural resins, mushrooms, medicinal plants, nuts and berries have huge potential to contribute to green growth in Europe and to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Co-published by the European Forest Institute (EFI) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Non-wood forest products for people, nature and the green economy outlines the extent to which these forest products are embedded in daily life and the actions needed to leverage their potential more widely.

More information

Recommended citation: Martínez de Arano I, Maltoni S, Picardo A, Mutke, S et al. 2021. Non-wood forest products for people, nature and the green economy. Recommendations for policy priorities in Europe. A white paper based on lessons learned from around the Mediterranean. Knowledge to Action 5, European Forest Institute.

Number of pages: 85 pages 

ISBN 978-952-7426-08-1 (printed)
ISBN 978-952-7426-07-4 (pdf)

Lead authors

Inazio Martinez de Arano, Sara Maltoni, Alvaro Picardo, Sven Mutke

Contributing authors

Joana Amaral Paulo, Moktar Baraket, Haïmad Baudriller-Cacaud, Raphael Bec, Jose Antonio Bonet, Anton Brenko, Dino Buršić, Benjamin Chapelet, Alexandra Correia, Roser Cristobal, Gabriel Ducos, Liliana Fernandez, Florian Galinat, Lamia Hamrouni, Henri Husson, Mariem Khalfaoui, Steven Libbrecht, Nikos Markos, Giulia Muir, Maria Pasalodos, Olivia Marois, Nicola Andrighetto, Jacopo Giacomoni, Aida Rodriguez, Roberto Rubio, Conceição Santos Silva, Simona Sorrenti, Kalliopi Stara, Paula Soares, Ibtissem Taghouti, Margarida Tome, Enrico Vidale, Sven Walter.

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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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