Conclusions on the training of medicinal and aromatic plants’ wild harvesting

During 2 years (from August 2011 to July 2013), the Non Wood Forest Products Department of the Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia, jointly with 3 other institutions from Lithuania, Portugal and Turkey had been developing the necessary methodologies for implementing an effective training on wild harvesting of non wood forests products (NWFP), focusing specially in medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs).

This was the objective of the project PLANT WILD: Forest Plants Wild Harvesting Learning in Europe, a Grundtvig Learning Partnership Association, which was developed from different prespectives:

  • Mission and working lines of partners related to the NWFPs, and specifically to MAPs
  • Research, technology transfer and training for adults in NWFPs in each partner’s country
  • Sustainable wild harvesting of MAPs in each partner’s country and challenges for implementing training
  • Businesses of wild harvesting of MAPs in each partner’s country and challenges for implementing training
  • Good practices on training MAPs wild harvesting

In the final conclusions different recommendations were provided in business opportunities and needs in training taking into account the lack of information of potential collectors, with the aim that wild harvesting becomes a sustanaible activity both from the economic and environment point of view.

According to that, 6 training modules where proposed:

  1. Basics of plant science with emphasis on MAPs.
  2. Knowledge of MAP species.
  3. Harvesting of raw materials and use.
  4. Sustainable wild harvesting: methodology, legislation and control.
  5. Post-harvest processing of MAPs.
  6. Marketing and business.

More information in the Report conclusions GRUNDTVIG PLANT WILD

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