On 12th and 13th june 2013, Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (Non-Wood Forests Products Department – Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Group), in Solsona, Catalonia (Spain), held the 5h meeting of the Grundtvig Plant Wild project.
During the first day, all the partners presented good practices on how to do a good training on wild harvesting of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs), taking into account subjects, methodology, training materials and target learners.
Jolita Radušienė, from the Nature Research Centre (Institute of Botany) of Lithuania, presented the case of the Organic farm “Jadviga herbs”, being trained moret han 20 harvesters in courses adressed to general public motivated for self education, promoters of wild harvesting projects or local population employed by the farm. She explained the methodologies and training tools according to the modules and training subjects.
Ana Maria Barata and Violeta Lopes, from the Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária, I.P. (Banco Português de Germoplasma Vegetal) of Portugal, elaborated a flashback review on the general considerations and recommendations issued from the 4th meeting in Kilis (Turkey) related to the needs of the main learners to be trained on wild harvesting (collectors and operators). They considered that the training on MAPs wild harvesting should have 4 main objectives: demonstrate the importance of MAPs, introduce general rules and principles, and provide guidelines and practical exercises to trainees. Furthermore, they considered that the training should be addressed mainly to collectors doing regular training (courses of several days, seminars, e-learning), by using both theoretical and practical sessions.
Joaquim Morgado, from the Portuguese enterprise ERVITAL., also presented a good practice of wild harvesting of carqueja (Chamaespartium tridentatum (L.) P.E.Gibbs).
Filomena Rocha from the INIAV presented an example of wild harvesting training with elder (Sambucus nigra L.) in Portugal.
Next one was Eva Moré from the Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (Non Wood Forest Products Department) of Spain, that explained which subjects should be taught according to different key points for training MAPs wild harvesting: economic sustainability, product quality, consumer safety, economic viability, and social development. She also pointed the importance of practical classes apart from theoretical sessions and ITC facilities.
And finally, Nazim Sekeroglu, from Kilis 7 Aralık University (Plant and Animal Sciences Department) discussed how should be the MAPs wild harvesting training anwering different important questions: where people harvest wild plants? What aret he purposes of wild harvesting? Which methods are used for wild harvesting? Who aret he stakeholders of plants wild harvesting? Who should be other learners for plant wild harvesting apart from main stakeholders? What should be training materials?
At the end of presentations, there was agreed the dissemination of final results of Plant Wild Project “Forest Plants Wild Harvesting Learning in Europe” and there were presented different ideas for future projects related to wild useful plants’ training.
Evarist March, from Naturalwalks, specialist of wild edible plants, was invited to the meeting and also presented his experience in that field.