COST Action CA22155 – Network for forest by-products charcoal, resin, tar, potash

CA22155 – Network for forest by-products charcoal, resin, tar, potash

EU-PoTaRCh-establishes a network for the past, present and future of
use of major non-timber forest raw materials and products
in Europe and beyond.

Whilst it focuses on forest by-products mainly Potash, Tar, Resin and Charcoal (PoTaRCh) as representatives of traditional forest exploitation heritage, it touches upon other forest by-products (tannins, pitches). The scholarly vision is to enlighten the relevance of these products in history, especially their role in industrialization.

The goal is to identify and assess production changes and their social and environmental impacts on sustainable development, and based on their heritage, to draw lessons for the future.

The Action supports stakeholders who know these products and are interested in them, as they use them in the production, education, and promotion of heritage. Due to the participation of stakeholders with significantly different activity profiles (museums, state forests, associations, etc.), hence high diversity of needs is to be answered by this Action.

Last but not least, the Action helps to find ways to sustainable forest use and transfer knowledge to better methods and products in the bioeconomy.