The project aims at fostering the production: Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) and Black Truffles, as alternative crops and wild collection models, to support rural development in the areas of Mugla, Denizli (Aegean Region) and Antalya (Mediterranean Region).

It strives to establish strong links and a high level of cooperation between stakeholders from these Turkish regions and from the Spanish region of Catalonia, to stimulate the exchange of knowledge and experiences concerning the sustainable production (cultivation and wild collection), transformation and trade of these Non-Wood Forest Products, to identify the main obstacles for the development of these sectors, and to find jointly solutions to address them.

By knowing better European processing and marketing requirements as well as cultivation/collection practices, the Turkish regions involved will be able to develop appropriately their agroforestry system and seize economic opportunities.

The project is under the Civil Society Dialogue IV, a programme bringing together civil society organisations from Turkey and the EU around common topics, to exchange knowledge and experience, and to build a sustained conversation between the organisations.

The Programme is co-financed by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey under the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA)


Project details

Project Coordinator: Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (Spain)

Partners and Countries: Yaşama Dair Vakıf (Turkey)

Duration: 15 months

Locations of Actions: Catalonia (Spain), Antalya, Denizli, Muğla (Turkey)

Budget: 160.426,04 Euro