Webinar - Transitioning to a forest-based bioeconomy: The Argentina experience
October 6, 2022–December 31, 1969
9:00—10:00 a.m. ET / 8:00—9:00 a.m. Bogotá
A presentation by Juan Pablo Moro and Sandra E. Sharry, PhD
Part of the “Unlocking the Bioeconomy for Nontimber Forest Products” webinar series.
To address challenges linked to the forest sector, Argentina crafted ForestAr 2030, a strategic plan to move toward a forest-based bioeconomy. This effort, led by the Ministry of Science and Technology accompanied by Agriculture and Environment, took six years, and involved five Ministries. Concurrently, the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development launched a national program for Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs), that included characterization, statistics, and monitoring the products. Argentina recognized that NTFPs can be of major economic importance at national and local levels by generating employment and trade of unprocessed and processed products. During this effort, the project “Sustainable use of NTFP in northern forests of Argentina” documented cases of sustainable use of forest biodiversity, specifically of nontimber forest products. Examples include the incorporation of native fruits into the national food standard code and fungi commercialization. This presentation describes the process of developing the bioeconomy policy in Argentina, with an emphasis on the forestry sector and presents successful cases of usage and marketing of NTFPs.