The project “MEDLENTISK: Partnership for an exchange of best practices on mastic tree fixed oil, an emblematic non-timber forest product in the Mediterranean“, scheduled for 16 months, will begin on September 1st, 2020 and will end on December 31st, 2021. Involving 6 partners from 5 Mediterranean countries, this project is supported by the European programme Erasmus +.
43% of the EU surface is covered by forests and wooded areas. These surfaces constitute a set of fragile ecosystems that contribute to the fight against global warming. When managed sustainably, they are a major source of wealth and provide people with many services. Wood is the forest product that comes to mind spontaneously, but forests provide a whole variety of non-timber forest products (NTFPs), such as cork, resins, and edible products such as nuts, mushrooms and truffles.
These NTFPs play an important role in improving the livelihoods of people living near forests who are involved in their harvesting, processing and trade.
The project is implemented together by the AIFM, coordinator, with 5 partners, from 5 Mediterranean countries: