Division of Food Production and Society


Photo: Anne Linn Hykkeryd
Active Last updated: 28.08.2019
End: jun 2021
Start: jan 2019

NovelBaltic focusses on market-driven authentic Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) from the Baltic region – main focus on wild and semi-cultivated species with business potential. To evaluate the export potential to Asian markets.

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External project link NovelBaltic - lead partners webpage
Start - end date 01.01.2019 - 30.06.2021
Project manager at Nibio Anne Linn Hykkerud
Division Division of Food Production and Society
Department Horticulture

The objective is to enhance the market uptake of NTFP innovations based on improved R&D infra related to authenticity and quality and enhanced utilization of the R&D capacity. The goal is to review the market demand for NTFP in selected regions in China and Asia and to evaluate the feasibility of selected business opportunities through techno-economic calculations.

The main planned activities:

Academia and business cooperate to provide new methods to SMEs which proof the geographical origin of their products faster and cheaper and to evaluate business opportunities in Asian regions. The market evaluation will be done during study and contact trips, but also by participating at fairs.

Project partners:

The lead partner of NovelBaltic is the University of Oulu. Altogether the project partners are from five Baltic Sea Region countries: Finland, Sweden, Norway, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

R&D institutions: University of Oulu, Centria vocational school, Food Institute of Kaunas University of Technology (KTU FI), Lithuanian Research Center for Agriculture and Forestry/Institute of Horticulture (LAMMC IH), The Finnish Forest Centre (Suomen metsäkeskus), NIBIO – The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, SilvEXPO;
business support organisations: Tartu Science Park and Aalto University
Programme: Interreg Baltic Sea Region

Total project budget:

Total budget:  EUR 1,9 million, this includes European Regional Development Fund support in an amount of EUR 1.4 million and Norwegian Funding support in an amount of EUR 0.06 million