Nontimber Forest Products and Bioeconomy Webinar Series

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 focus of this webinar series on the bioeconomy is Nontimber Forest Products (NTFPs), goods used for food, medicine, decorations and adornments, nursery and landscaping products, and fine arts and crafts.

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Task Force is investigating how NTFPs 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, which ran from August 2021 to June 2022, presented an opportunity to hear from 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. The 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.

You can see all the presentation videos on our YouTube channel by following this link.

past presentations

Speaker Title Institution Date
Sven Mutke "Non-wood Provisioning Services from Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems"
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Forest Research Center, INIA-CIFOR, Spain Aug. 31
Verónica Loewe Muñoz "Stone Pine Cultivation and the Emerging Bioeconomy in Chile"
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Chilean Forestry Institute, INFOR, Chile Sept. 30
Harald Vacik "Comparing the Potential of Non-Wood Forest Products in Six European Regions"
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University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences – Institute of Silviculture, Austria Oct. 20
Kathrin Meinhold "Commercialization of Baobab Fruit Products as an Exemplary NTFP: Lessons Learned from Local to Global Markets"
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Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, Germany Nov. 18
Carsten Smith-Hall "Towards a Himalayan Bioeconomy"
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University of Copenhagen, Denmark Dec. 17
Jinlong Liu "Roles of NTFPs in Poverty Alleviation in China: Cases of Southwest China"
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Renmin University of China, Beijing, China Jan. 13
James Chamberlain "Nontimber Forest Products and Bioeconomy: A U.S. Perspective"
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USDA Forest Service Feb. 15
Marko Lovric "NTFPs and Bioeconomy in the European Union"
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European Forest Institute March 22
Mercedes Rois Díaz "NWFP in Agroforestry: Farmer’s Perceptions in Europe"
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Independent Consultant April 26
María Teresa Pulido Silva "The Importance of NTFPS in Mexico and Their Potential for the Bioeconomy"
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Independent Consultant June 15

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