The European Non-Wood Forest Products (NWFPs) Network, COST Action FP1203, held its first Workshop and second Management Committee Meeting at the Instituto Superior de Agronomia, from 20 to 21 June in Lisboa, Portugal. More than 60 network members participated in the workshop from 26 countries.
The start of the workshop included five very interesting plenary presentations:
“Opportunities and constraints for gathering data and statistics on NWFP” Paul Vantomme, FAO
“StarTree Project – Multipurpose trees and non-wood forest products a challenge and opportunity” Robert Mavsar, EFI
Micosylva+ project: Mycosylviculture and valorization of wild edible mushrooms as guarantors of forest sustainability and multifunctionality” Fernando Martínez, CESEFOR
“Multipurpose trees in Zagori, NW Greece” Kalliopi Stara, University of Ioannina
“Game management in Portugal: an overview” João Carvalho, ANPC
Afterwards, the four existing Task Forces (TFs) gathered in parallel sessions to start their work towards the Network’s objectives. This was followed by workshops to initiate the Working Groups (WGs). A final plenary discussion covered topics relevant for all WGs and TFs.
The MC meeting addressed the current status of this COST Action, organisational planning and there was an agreement for the next events and activities to be carried out.