The bioeconomy and non-timber forest products

The Bioeconomy and Non-Timber Forest Products provides the first investigation into the role of these products in supporting a transition from business-as-usual to a forest-based bioeconomy.

While the bioeconomy is a new concept, more and more countries throughout the world are actively pursuing a transition to this contemporary economic model, and transitioning to a bioeconomy will influence the way forests are managed and conserved. The present book brings together critical analysis from diverse countries, products, and experiences, learning from research and practices, and providing insights into transition pathways. The introductory chapter presents key concepts and issues, followed by three parts.

The first part establishes where we are using examples from five continents to assess how non-timber forest products are integrated into bioeconomic strate gies. In the second part, chapters present how we move forward by delving into transition pathways and providing examples of activities supporting sectors and countries in moving towards the bioeconomy. Finally, chapters in the third part uncover tools and technologies to help transitions. Each chapter concludes with key messages for the bioeconomy and non-timber forest products, with the final chapter highlighting central findings and discussing ways forward.

The book is an essential resource for academics, professionals, and policymakers interested in learning about and supporting a transition to a forest-based bioeconomy, including students and scholars of forest and natural resource management, bioeconomics, circular economy, and ecological economics more widely.

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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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