It is created as a sectoral and transnational organisation that will integrate all members of the European natural resin value chain: from the forest to the market.
The members of the Southwest European natural resin production and processing sector met in the Portuguese town of Proença-a-Nova last May for the international conference entitled "Resinero use: Forests with future", organised by the SustForest Plus.
The main objective of this meeting was to initiate the process of creating the European Network of Resin Territories, the RETR, a sectorial and transnational organisation that will promote a Strategy for European Natural Resin (ERNE) aimed at promoting policies, programmes and actions that support the improvement, conservation and valorisation of this resource.
The Network is open to the participation of the socio-economic actors of the European natural resin, and integrates it from the owners and forest managers, through the resin workers and the actors of the industry of the first and second transformation of the resin, as well as any interested in promoting and supporting the good economic, social and environmental functioning of the resin sector.
Currently, the organization is in the process of drafting its statutes, which will be presented next November in Lisbon during a meeting of the project SustForest Plus.
Entities and individuals interested in joining the PRTR can apply for early membership through SustForest Plus partners, and their contributions will be taken into account in the networking process.
The RETR is born with the vocation of influencing the design and the political and administrative decision making that affect the resin sector such as the conditions of the resin worker, its incorporation in the protection of forest resources and above all in the surveillance and prevention of forest fires. The members of the Network will benefit from services such as technical and administrative advice, professional training, participation in innovation projects to improve the profitability and efficiency of their activity, the exchange of knowledge and a communication system and sectoral information, among others.
One of the most ambitious objectives of the PRTR will be to present the sector to the European Union's public decision-makers in Brussels in 2021, so that European natural resin can be taken into account in the design of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the European Union's Bio-Economic Strategy and the Forest Policy guidelines.
In summary, this Network will promote the valorization and the use of the resin generated in the European forests, contributing to the creation of employment and therefore, to the fixation of the population in the rural environment. In addition, the RETR will promote the creation of a European resin origin mark.
Vision, mission and values of the RETR
Nearly 80 people attending the Proença-a-a-Nova meeting had the opportunity to participate in the conception of the European Network of Resin Territories through face-to-face surveys, debates and round tables. The result of these has been reflected in the Declaration of Proença-a-Nova, which sets out the guidelines for the creation and management of this European sectoral organization.
|The European Resin Territories Network aspires to be the reference organisation in the natural resin sector at European level, bringing together in a solid, integral and open way all the members of its value chain, recognised by socio-economic actors as a legitimate sectoral interlocutor, accredited for its technical rigour and appreciated by society as an entity that contributes to the achievement of sustainable development objectives.|
|The European Network of Resin Territories will aim to lead initiatives that increase the profitability of the activity of the members of the European natural resin value chain from the forest to the market, the rooting of the resin activity and culture in the forest territories, the visibility of the sector as a generator of positive externalities for society and the manufacture of products that meet the objectives of sustainable development, as well as obtaining support for the sector by the public authorities.|
The relations between the members of the network, as well as the decision-making of the managing bodies, will be governed by the principles of coordination, collaboration, transparency, solidarity and proportional representation, giving priority in all cases to ensuring cohesion and sectoral structuring.
Aspiration to the continuous improvement of the functioning of the European natural resin value chain in all its links from the forest to the market, so that the benefits obtained contribute to the strengthening of the sector as a whole.
Reaffirmation of the cultural and territorial identity of the rural environment around the activity of extraction and transformation of natural resin.
Prioritization of excellent working conditions for resin workers.
Commitment with the conservation and improvement of the resin forests, as well as with the integral, profitable and sustainable use of the resources they generate.
Permanent desire to promote research, development and innovation in order to increase the profitability and sustainability of the sectorial activity.
Commitment to sustainable development objectives at all levels
Download the full text of the Proença-a-Nova Declaration
The SustForest Plus project
The project SustForest Plus SOE2/P5/E0598 "Strategy and collaboration networks for multifunctionality, conservation and employment in the territory of southern Europe through resin extraction" runs from 2018 to 2021, is co-financed by the Interreg Sudoe Programme through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of the European Union and aims to improve joint management methods of natural resin sources in the Sudoe territory as a strategic and preferential resource for industry, job creation and the rational use of natural resources.
The project SustForest Plus has the following entities as beneficiary partners: Castilla y León Centre for Forest Services and Promotion and Industry (Cesefor), Centre Nacional de la Propriété Forestière (CNPF), European Forest Institute (EFI), Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria (INIA), Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária (INIAV), the municipalities of Penela and Proença-a-a-Nova and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM).
The project has also been supported by other entities related to the natural resins sector and belonging to the SUDOE territory (Tunisia, Greece and Italy) which participate as associate partners of the project, which they are: Asociación Nacional de Resineros (ANR), Associação das Indústrias de Madeira e Mobiliário de Portugal (AIMMP), Associação Florestal do Vale do Douro Norte (Aflorodounorte), Certis - Controlo e Certificação, Lda.., Decentraliced Administration of Epirus-Western Macedonia, Diputación Provincial de Soria, Essência Química - Resinas e Derivados, Eurorègion Nouvelle Aquitaine-Euskadi-Navarre, Federación de Asociaciones Forestales de Castilla y León (FAFCYLE), Groupement de Producteurs Forestiers du sud Gironde (CPFA), Holiste Laboratoires et Developpement, Industrial Resinera Valcan, S. A. (IRV), Instituto de Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas (ICNF), National Institute for Research in Rural Engineering Water and Forestry (INRGREF), Junta de Castilla y León, Luresa Resinas, S. L., Pôle de compétitivité Xylofutur, Quercus - Associação Nacional de Conservação da Natureza, Resipinus - Associação de Destiladores e Exploradores de Resina, Rincón de la Vega S.A.L., Sociedad de Resinas Naturales, S.A., Unione Di Comuni Valdarno E Valdisieve, United Ressins - Produção de Resinas S.A. and Centro de Investigación Forestal de Lourizán.
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