As productivity of forestry is lower in northern/arctic areas compared to more southern locations, multiple use of forests should be emphasized in Barents region. Agroforestry, a practice which intentionally combines agriculture and forestry to create integrated and sustainable land-use systems, is one potential but poorly understood and developed practice of forest multiple use. Potential agroforestry practices suitable for Barents region conditions are forest farming of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) like wild berries and mushrooms, effective utilization of wild herbs and production of high-quality regional honeys.
Agrofore project develops and tests combinations of diversified farming systems which integrate trees, shrubs, other plants and livestock production. The project seeks to achieve better understanding on how agroforestry systems function in Barents region in different kinds of environments.
Lead partner: Lapland University of Applied Sciences, Rovaniemi
*Northern Arctic Federal University, Arkhangelsk. RUSSIA
*Natural Resources Institute Finland, Helsinki, FINLAND
*Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, Tromsø. NORWAY
Type of the project: Standard Projects