Northern natural sustainable resources include a wide range of goods of biological origin. To Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) belong e.g. edible berries and nuts, mushrooms, fruits, herbs, spices and condiments, aromatic plants, game, fibers (used in construction, furniture, clothing or utensils), resins, gums, plant and animal products used for medical, cosmetic or cultural purposes. Thanks to the wide and free access to forests there is a practically unlimited possibility to pick berries, mushrooms and herbs for everyone. Availability of reindeer and game meat has always been an important contribution to food security in the Barents region.
The main objective of Treasures from the Northern Nature (TreNat) project is to widen cooperation between SMEs, educational and research institutions as well as consulting organizations working in the field of natural sustainable resources. Such cooperation will increase general awereness and interest towards Non-Timber Forest Products, their use by stakeholders and businesses. The project will also drow attention to cultural and health aspects of NTFPs in the region. This will improve networking of NTFP stakeholders and create new networks for planning and preparation of further joint activities across borders.
Lead partner: Lapland University of Applied Sciences Ltd
Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (Troms, Norway)
Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V.Lomosov (Arkhangelsk, Russia)
Type of the project: Micro Projects