“Innovation is the introduction of a
something new to the market: goods,
productions methods, new materials or
resources, new forms of organisations, or
the creation of a new market itself.”
– Innovation Systems and Processes, a StarTree snapshot
Promising chemical substances
A review of secondary metabolites in non-timber forest product (NTFP) species and their potential or known pharmaceutical properties. Takes as an example Amygdalin from black cherry (Prunus serotina), an introduced species which is a “plague” in forests in Waldemarker, a Startree case study region in Germany. Unconfirmed research suggests great potential as an anti-cancer drug. The report studies the legal directives which have to be complied with in developing an innovative pharmaceutical product based on NTFPs: “It is hard to meet requirements made for synthetic drugs with a heterogen raw material such as wild plants.”
Innovation Case Database
“From analysing the 44 cases, the following patterns can be identified. The majority of collected innovation cases are run by micro and small companies, are new to the sector and are marketing innovations. They mostly belong to the sphere of food and beverages, but there are also innovations in other areas, such as providing trainings, the NWFP-specialized services, using chemical and pharmaceutics gained from NWFPs in industry, and organizing many outdoor activities and entertainment around NWFPs. This wide scope of fields is remarkable and means on the one hand a great potential and opportunities for activities of forest holdings, on the other hand it is an important challenge as they need expertise from quite different knowledge fields as well as network connections in various different sectors. It seems typical that our cases often connect to modern lifestyles which re-appreciate traditions, wild, natural and/or sustainable products, often in a high-price segment such as organic or health products.”
– D5.5 Report on design for database of innovative examples for new forest products
- Reforesting Scotland’s West Moss-side Centre StarTree Innovation Case Study provided material for the Innovation Database.
In-depth case studies
“NWFPs as non-timber products are dealt with by administrators as somewhere between several sectors such as food and beverage industry, tourism and energy…”
- In-Depth Case Study – Cairn O’Mohr Wines, Scotland
- Full report on studies across StarTree regions: D.5.6 Innovation Systems and Processes
- Summary poster: Support for innovation on private forest
land: The practice of Entrepreneurship (Also published as an academic paper, and presented at the StarTree Final Conference.)
Innovation systems analysis
This report on policies and actors in the sector, and the interactions between them, highlighted:
- a lack of access to finances;
- a lack of information on marketing;
- and a need for “more cross-sectoral coordination with the other relevant sectors that touch upon NWFPs”.
More material on innovations in non-wood forest products can be found in the StarTree “Innovation Generator” web interface.