Market driven authentic Non-Timber Forest Products from the Baltic region – focus on wild and semi cultivated species with business potential
NovelBaltic
 
PROGRAMME 2014-2020
priority
1 Innovation
objective
1.1 Research & innovation infrastructures

NovelBaltic

The maple syrup industry has brought jobs and income to many rural areas in Canada. Mushrooms, berries, tree oils and other biological products from the Baltic Sea region forests could have the very same effect. NovelBaltic wants to increase the competitiveness of such non-timber forest products from the Baltic Sea region. Academia and business cooperate to provide small and medium sized enterprises with new methods that certify the geographical origin of their products faster and cheaper and to evaluate business opportunities in Asian markets.
Project summary

Authentic products from the forest are in demand

Super foods are a global mega trend because populations are ageing and the health awareness of consumers is growing. Non-timber forest products include highly valued products, such as health promoting foods but also bio-based cosmetics. But: There is a high risk of adulteration when it comes to the real origin of non-timber forest products. To help the reliable non-timber forest product businesses of the Baltic Sea region to grow, it is important to provide proof for authentic raw materials and end products. In the Baltic Sea region, such forest products can create jobs in rural areas since their manufacturing is economically most efficient close to forests and farmlands. The increased export of forest products to selected Asian markets could also contribute to the growth of the business.

NovelBaltic makes Baltic Sea forest industry ready to compete

NovelBaltic develops methods which characterize the authenticity and quality of selected raw materials and products and sets up a digital platform to present such methods. The project reviews the market demand for non-timber forest products in China/Southeast Asia. Furthermore, the project evaluates the feasibility of manufacturing processes for selected raw materials.

Supporting SMEs and R&D institutions

The aim of NovelBaltic is to enhance the business potential of non-timber forest products by developing authenticity and quality demonstration methods for selected materials. R&D institutions dealing with authenticity and quality control will be equipped with the knowledge they need. SMEs receive support in planning their businesses by studying the feasibility of selected technologies and evaluating the needed production volumes. The knowledge and approached gathered in the project are used to improve the market uptake of non timber forest products from the Baltic Sea region in Asia.

Budgets

NovelBaltic
in numbers
  • 1.90
    Million
    Total
  • 1.41
    Million
    Erdf
  • 0.00
    Million
    Eni + Russia
  • 0.06
    Million
    Norway

Highlights by mid-term

In order to help non-timber forest products (NTFP) businesses of the Baltic Sea region (BSR) to grow internationally, it is important to provide proof for authentic and premium-quality raw materials and end products. Project partners have started the development and testing of authentication and quality demonstration techniques. These techniques have already been imported to NovelBaltic platform (www.novelbaltic-platform.com) which connects the R&D (Research & Development) service providers with enterprises.

Enterprises that have sent their raw materials and products for quality characterisation were very pleased with the results and the fact that the results could be used in marketing their products as premium.

Another important aim of NovelBaltic is to support companies from the region in entering the natural products market in China and Southeast Asia. The development of a handbook on starting business in China has been initiated. The project has also compiled the company portfolio containing BSR companies and their information on their products

Outputs

Project Stories

Partners

University of Oulu

  • Town
    Oulu
  • Region
    Pohjois-Pohjanmaa
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
420,000.45
65.011873425.4716809

Centria University of Applied Sciences

  • Town
    Kokkola
  • Region
    Keski-Pohjanmaa
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
360,711.00
63.839142123.1336845

University of Latvia

  • Town
    Riga
  • Region
    Rīga
  • Country
    Latvia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
200,000.00
56.949397724.1051846

Tartu Science Park

  • Town
    Tartu
  • Region
    Lõuna-Eesti
  • Country
    Estonia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
115,580.00
58.39564534999999526.630885501668523

Aalto University Foundation sr

  • Town
    Aalto
  • Region
    Helsinki-Uusimaa
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
137,470.00
60.18608165000000624.828468612421393

Kaunas University of Technology

  • Town
    Kaunas
  • Region
    Kauno apskritis
  • Country
    Lithuania
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
200,000.00
54.898213923.9044817

Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry (LAMMC)

  • Town
    Kėdainiai distr
  • Region
    Kauno apskritis
  • Country
    Lithuania
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
200,000.00
55.139028223.7238077

Finnish Forest Centre

  • Town
    Lahti
  • Region
    Keski-Suomi
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
35,000.00
60.982601425.6613764

SIA “Silv EXPO”

  • Town
    Riga
  • Region
    Rīga
  • Country
    Latvia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
104,462.55
56.949397724.1051846

NIBIO – Norwegian Institute for bioeconomy research

  • Town
    Ås
  • Region
    Troms
  • Country
    Norway
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
77,666.25
59.6792808510.774163640502413

UIT The Arctic University of Norway

  • Town
    Tromso
  • Region
    Troms
  • Country
    Norway
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
48,252.50
69.64920818.9543434