STAR TREE - Multipurpose Trees and Non-Wood Forest Products, a Challenge and Opportunity


  • Forest for Society


Lack of information, capacities and knowledge at different stages of the non-wood forest products (NWFP) value chain, often prevents realising the full potential of NWFP and multi-purpose trees (MPT) in generating wealth in rural areas in the context of a bio-based European economy.  The goal of this project is to provide better understanding, knowledge, guidance and tools to support relevant stakeholders in optimising the management of MPT and developing innovative approaches for increasing the marketability and profitability of NWFP for a more competitive rural economy.

The goal is reached through

  • Developing new knowledge and tools to optimise the sustainable and joint provision of wood, NWFP and related services as well as the management of MPT in a climate change context.
  • Advancing the understanding on the socio-economic importance and the potentials of markets for NWFP, including the role of public and private actors in supporting the innovation processes for new products and services based on consumers' behaviour and patterns.
  • Establishing solid strategic partnerships between key research organizations and specialised SMEs working on NWFP in Europe to ensure and speed up the transfer of research and innovations to markets.

EFI is the coordinator of STAR TREE project. In addition EFI’s tasks include also leading the WP6 Dissemination and Exploitation, as well as coordinating the WP1-5.


European Forest Institute, EFI
University of Padua, UNIPD, Italy
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, BOKU, Austria
University of Hamburg, UHAM, Germany
Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia, CTFC, Spain
Technical University of Lisbon, ISA, Portugal
Finnish Forest Research Institute, METLA, Finland
National Institute for Agricultural and Food research and Technology, INIA, Spain
Albert-Ludwigs-University Of Freiburg - Institute for Forest Growth, IWW, Germany
Slovenian Forestry Institute, SFI, Slovenia
University of Suceava, USV, Romania
Latvian State Forest Research Institute, SILAVA, Latvia
Karadeniz Technical University, KTU, Turkey
Foreco Technologies, FORECO, Spain
Food Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO
Wild Resources Ltd., WRL, UK
Llais y Goedwig, LlyG, UK
PlanSinn GmbH, PLANSINN, Austria
Joensuun Tuote ja Vihannes Ky, JTVK, Finland
Instituto de Restauración y Medio Ambiente S. L., IRMA, Spain
Forestry Association Lüneburg GmbH, FVL, Germany
Asamer Handler & Co OG, AH&Co, Austria
Information Systems for Resources, INFRO, German
Reforesting Scotland, RS, UK

This project is supported by the European Commission under the Theme 2 of the 2012 7th Framework Programme, Cooperation: Food, Agriculture and Fisheries and Biotechnology, addressing the call KBBE.2012.1.2-06: Multipurpose trees and non-wood forest products for an innovative forestry in rural areas.  STAR TREE is a large-scale integrating project targeted to SMEs (project number 311919) funded under ‘Collaborative Projects’.

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01.11.2012 - 31.10.2016



Project Management

Coordinator: European Forest Institute, Forest for Society Programme
Name: Robert Mavsar
Email: robert.mavsar (at)

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