NWFPs are relevant resources for rural economies. Highly esteemed food products are collected from Mediterranean forests, such as nuts, berries, mushrooms, truffles, or aromatics. Other NWFPs can play a role in circular bioeconomy, as sustainable alternatives to fossil raw materials, e.g. resin or cork. Fair profitability for all actors along the value chain is still a challenge, however, by resolving hourglass-shaped monopsonies structures and strengthening market access for local producers. Also consumer awareness must rise, promoting willingness to pay for the sustainable, wild-collected origin of these goods.
The European thematic network INCREdible (Innovation networks on Non Wood Forest Products in the Mediterranean basin) brings together relevant actors with complementary knowledge, expertise and experiences. Shared information is helping to identify relevant challenges and needs in each NWFP value chain for improving profitability and sustainability. Open Innovation is a paradigm based on actors from different organisations joining innovative ideas, for making use their best competences creating an effective innovation ecosystem.
INCREdible facilitates open innovation establishing and operating Innovation Network (iNets) for different NWFPs, by identifying social, technological and silvicultural challenges and innovation needs for each iNet and by exploring ways to address them building on the competences of all actors within.