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Innovation Networks of Cork, Resins and Edibles in the Mediterranean basin

Objective

Mediterranean forests play a pivotal role for local economies by providing a large array of ecosystem services and goods. Despite its potential, the sector is facing significant challenges at many levels, including: low profitability of slow-growing timber, niche markets for Non-Wood Forest Products (NWFPs), and a wider context of aging rural population, farmland abandonment and scrub encroachment, leading to an increase in the occurrence of megafires, which is further aggravated by climate change. A sustainable, inclusive, smart bio-based economy centred on multipurpose trees and NWFPs can be part of the solution, if triggered by an improvement in knowledge exchange channels between NWFP practitioners and scientists, and among regions.

The purpose of INCREdible is to address the existing research and innovation knowledge divide in relation to NWFP-service systems of the Mediterranean basin. In particular, INCREdible aims to link knowledge and foster collaboration among different groups of stakeholders, developing innovative business models and enhancing the expertise of rural regions towards the development of inclusive economic strategies.

To achieve these objectives, INCREdible will developan Innovation NETworks (iNets) around crucial lines of Mediterranean NWFPs: cork, resins, aromatics, and edibles. Each iNet will aim to gather best practices (both practical and science-based) related to NWFP production, transformation and trade channels. Particular attention will be drawn to cross-cutting sectorial issues such as: (i) innovative business models and value chains, (ii) innovative access to finance, (iii) innovative marketing and digital tools. Lastly, INCREdible will collect information and knowledge arising from iNets into an interregional online platform, which will function both as deposit and exchange system of information among partners, existing networks and organizations, for raising awareness of existing success cases and cross-fertilization.

Call for proposal

H2020-RUR-2017-1
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Coordinator

EUROPEAN FOREST INSTITUTE
Address
Yliopistokatu 6 B
80100 Joensuu
Finland
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 286 150

Participants (12)

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 150 000
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNAC UNIAO DA FLORESTA MEDITERRANICA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 112 500
Address
Rua Mestre Lima De Freitas 1
1549012 Lisboa
Activity type
Other
ETIFOR SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 178 375
Address
Piazza Alcide De Gasperi 41
35131 Padova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HRVATSKI SUMARSKI INSTITUT
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 96 281,25
Address
Cvjetno Naselje 41
10450 Jastrebarsko
Activity type
Research Organisations
CONSORCI CENTRE DE CIENCIA I TECNOLOGIA FORESTAL DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 171 125
Address
Ctra Sant Llorenc De Morunys Km 2
25280 Solsona
Activity type
Research Organisations
PANEPISTIMIO IOANNINON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 105 518,75
Address
Panepistemioypole Panepistemio Ioanninon
45110 Ioannina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHES EN GENIE RURAL, EAUX ET FORETS
Tunisia
EU contribution
€ 94 625
Address
Rue Hédi El Karray
2080 Ariana
Activity type
Research Organisations
FUNDACION CENTRO DE SERVICIOS Y PROMOCION FORESTAL Y DE SU INDUSTRIA DE CASTILLA Y LEON
Spain
EU contribution
€ 177 650
Address
Poligono Industrial Las Casas Calle C Parcela 4
40005 Soria
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE AGRONOMIA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 158 062,50
Address
Tapada Da Ajuda
1349 017 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA PROPRIETE FORESTIERE
France
EU contribution
€ 201 893,75
Address
47 Rue De Chaillot, 2Eme Etage
75116 Paris
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
ESSET ENERGY SYSTEMS
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 178 000
Address
Nieuwelaan 61
1860 Meise
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AGENZIA FORESTALE REGIONALE PER LOSVILUPPO DEL TERRITORIO E DELL AMBIENTE DELLA SARDEGNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 88 968,75
Address
Viale Luigi Merello 86
09123 Cagliari
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)