Joining forces to protect the cultural heritage of non-timber forest products

On October 3rd, the first meeting of the Management Committee for the ongoing COST Action CA22155, “Network for forest by-products charcoal, resin, tar, potash (EU-PoTaRCh),” took place.

During the committee meeting, representatives from 26 European countries selected the Grant Holder Institution, which is the Poznan University of Life Sciences. Currently, the Action unites 130 members from 30 countries in Europe, Africa, and Central America.

We are pleased to inform that Valentina Pescini (ICAC-CERCA) was chosen as Management Committee Member to represent Spain in this COST Action.

Action CA22155 brings together scientists, enthusiasts, and producers interested in the past, present, and future of key non-timber forest products such as potash, wood tar, resin, and charcoal (PoTaRCh). The scientific goal is to identify and evaluate changes in PoTaRCh production and its social and environmental impact on sustainable development, as well as to draw lessons for the future based on its heritage. The EU-PoTarCh Action will support people who are familiar with PoTaRCh products and are interested in them, as they use them in the production, education, and promotion of cultural heritage. Due to the participation of representatives from various fields with different profiles of activity (universities, museums, state forests, associations, industry, etc.), it will be possible to recognise PoTaRCh in terms of archaeological, historical, environmental, chemical, economic and sociological research.

We encourage all individuals interested in the cultural heritage of non-timber forest products to join the action at

This publication is based upon work from COST Action PoTaRCH, supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology).

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a funding agency for research and innovation networks. Our Actions help connect research initiatives across Europe and enable scientists to grow their ideas by sharing them with their peers. This boosts their research, career and innovation.

Valentina Pescini is a Ramón y Cajal Researcher (RYC2021-034621-I) with the project “Transeant. Landscape of transhumance: Environmental archaeology research between Eastern Pyrenees (Spain) and Maritime Alps (Italy)

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