Non-wood forest products – such as nuts, mushrooms, berries, resins, etc. – are crucial for the bioeconomy, ensuring the sustainability of forest ecosystems and fostering food sovereignty. However, these non-timber forest products are often overlooked in bioeconomic strategies.
This new book, edited by Carsten Smith-Hall and James Chamberlain, shows how non-timber forest products can be the key to unlocking a more sustainable future. To this end, the book includes numerous empirical cases from around the world that show how these products can foster sustainability, employment, and food security. Moreover, the authors suggest policy approaches to integrate these products in bioeconomy strategies.
Interesting chapters, with contributions from long-standing EFIMED collaborators and former team members, include Non-timber forest products and the European bioeconomy: status and transition pathways and Forest management for sustainable sourcing of non-timber forest products in a bioeconomy.