Bioeconomy Dialogue 2. 
Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, Barcelona. 9h - 14h, 28 November 2017.

More than wood: Innovation and entrepreneurship in cork, resin, edibles and other forest products

Press release

In the Mediterranean region, Non Wood Forest Products (NWFPs) play an important role in rural economies and represent a considerable share of forest production, also contributing to the wider sustainable forest management, and to wildfire fire prevention.

The inclusion of NWFPs in an innovative forest management is hence a fundamental factor for the development of an alternative to traditional wood-alone forestry. In this context, NWFPs can make a very significant contribution to a smart, inclusive bio-based economy and to rural development.

With this in mind, innovation and entrepreneurship are key to the success of this strategy.

Public-private partnerships, joint management practices, social enterprises are only some of the innovative business models that have developed recently in the NWFPs arena. Their adaptation to different products and services and in other regional contexts are fundamental for a full exploitation of available NWFPs value chains.

This Bioeconomy Dialogue will offer a platform to explore and discuss the key aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship in NWFPs. With keynote speakers from business, research and local government background, all angles will be covered, showcasing how each of them can support and stimulate innovation in this sector.

Our expert panel will help uncover success stories and critical issues through a dynamic workshop where all parties will bring their experience to the table.