Nontimber Forest Products and Bioeconomy Webinar Series

Nontimber forest products (NTFPs) are goods used for food, medicine, decorations and adornments, nursery and landscaping products, and fine arts and crafts. They are harvested for personal consumption and for household economic benefit. Yet, NTFPs are invisible and under-reported in national statistics, obscuring their role in contributing to poverty reduction, food and health security, and social stability. Recognizing the importance of these natural resources and integrating them into national efforts to develop the bioeconomy, requires expanding current perspectives of what is included in the bioeconomy.

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The bioeconomy emphasizes knowledge-based production and use of renewable biological resources to provide existing and new products, through sustainable processes. The bioeconomy can reduce environmental impacts of economic growth by science-based management that promotes sustainable harvests and production.

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Task Force is investigating how nontimber forest products have been integrated into global and national efforts to transition to and expand the bioeconomy, and how such efforts can be supported with research. With more than 70 experts representing over 20 institutions, the Task Force is facilitating dialogue, and sharing knowledge to propose frameworks that support the understanding and reporting of NTFP contributions to the bioeconomy. This webinar series is an opportunity to hear from these experts on contemporary research that strengthens knowledge about these important products within a bioeconomy concept. Presentations will consist of a 20-minute presentation and 30 minutes of questions-and-answers with the presenter.

This webinar series is hosted on Zoom by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service, The Forest History Society, Renmin University of China, and the IUFRO Task Force.

Speaker Institution Title Date Time
Sven Mutke Forest Research Center, INIA-CIFOR, Spain Video available at
Non-wood Provisioning Services from Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems
Aug. 31
Verónica Loewe Muñoz Chilean Forestry Institute, INFOR, Chile Registration open at
Stone Pine Cultivation and the Emerging Bioeconomy in Chile
Sept. 30 9:30-10:30 a.m. ET / 1330-1430 UTC
Harald Vacik University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences – Institute of Silviculture, Austria Registration open at
Comparing the Potential of Non-Wood Forest Products in Six European Regions
Oct. 20 9:30-10:30 a.m. ET / 1330-1430 UTC
Kathrin Meinhold Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, Germany Commercialization of Baobab (Adansonia digitata L.) Fruit Products as an Exemplary NTFP: Lessons Learned from Local to Global Markets Nov. 18 7:30-8:30 a.m. ET / 11:30-12:30 UTC
Carsten Smith-Hall University of Copenhagen, Denmark Towards a Himalayan Bioeconomy Dec. 17 7:00-8:00 ET /
1100-1200 UTC
Liu Jinlong Renmin University of China, Beijing, China Roles of NTFPs in Poverty Alleviation in China: Cases of Southwest China January
Joana Amaral Paulo Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Portugal Consequences of the Importance and Visibility of a Single Product in Boosting Support for Innovation in the NWFP Sector in Portugal. TBD
Jim Chamberlain USDA Forest Service, United States NTFPs and Bioeconomy in the United States TBD

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