Successful StarTree meeting in Riga
During the meeting significant progress was made on protocols for data collection for the project and on timetabling activities to get the data collection process underway, a considerable undertaking across the 14 regional case studies.
Data collection will encompass the four important aspects of the non-wood forest products (NWFP) value chain:
- Resource management
- Economy & Marketing of NWFP
- Institutional dimensions of NWFP
- Innovation structures & processes.
Photo: Efa Doringer
A field trip included visits to stakeholders and a multipurpose tree plantation with presentations from Latvian SMEs who form part of the Latvian Regional Stakeholder Group. Participants visited a basket-weaving SME who described how their now thriving business started “with one small basket”. They also heard from young entrepreneurs who have turned to the forest for their livelihoods: family-run businesses with innovative products such as hair brushes made of wild boar bristles and sparkling fermented birch sap juice sold as a non-alcoholic champagne alternative. The group tasted the birch sap and a health drink “Ho-Fi”, a sodium chlorophyllin-water solution, made from the waste biomass (small branches and needles) of pines and spruces cut for timber.
Time was also spent discussing the stakeholder engagement process and project dissemination. The StarTree project website was officially launched; please also follow StarTree on Twitter and Facebook.More information: Robert Mavsar, robert.mavsar (at) efi.int
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