Webinar: Stone Pine Cultivation and the Emerging Bioeconomy in Chile
September 30, 2021
9:30 am EDT / 11:30 UTC via Zoom
A presentation by Verónica Loewe Muñoz
Part of the “Unlocking the Bioeconomy for Nontimber Forest Products” webinar series.
Pinus pinea is a Mediterranean species whose edible seeds are highly valued and demanded worldwide. The cones are harvested mainly from natural forests, and the pine nuts are considered NTFPs. Cropping of this species generates income from cone or pine nut sales, creates jobs, and provides multiple social and environmental benefits, contributing to rural development. The presentation presents the potential contribution of stone pine, an emerging crop in Chile, in terms of its socioeconomic benefits and its relationship with the bioeconomy. An economic assessment of stone pine cultivation was estimated under different management schemes: medium-intensity managed plantation, medium-intensity managed agroforestry system, and high-intensity managed plantation. Regardless of the management scheme, stone pine plantations would contribute to a sustainable socioeconomic development, representing an opportunity for transition towards bioeconomy.
This webinar series is hosted by the IUFRO Task Force, USDA Forest Service, The Forest History Society, and Renmin University of China.