ECODIVE - Diverse and clean forests – successful bioeconomy (KA5002)

Implementation period of the project: 2019 –  2022
Leading partner: Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)
Partner: Forest Research Institute, Karelian Research Centre, Russian Academy of Science (FRI KarRC RAS)


In Karelia CBC Programme region, clean and diverse nature forms the basis of the living environment and appear as strength of the region. Forest ground vegetation provides a variety of non-timber forest products (NTFP), e.g. wild berries and other currently less known and utilized plant products. Recently, the appreciation of many NTFPs has drastically increased together with the improved awareness on their health-promoting properties, offering opportunities for increased and widened utilization and upgrading of NTFPs also in Karelia CBC region. However, the problem is that the effect of environmental factors on the abundance of NTFPs and their health-promoting compounds is currently poorly known and measured. 


The objective  of ECODIVE project

Increased knowledge and awareness on the environmental factors controlling yields and health-promoting compounds of non-timber forest products during the life cycle of managed forests.


Project news


  • We produce NONWOOD PACKAGE, and audiovisual information package summarizing current expertise knowledge and results of the project.


  • We analyze the effect of environmental conditions and forest management regimes on forest berries and other selected forest plant species.


  • We validate the Finnish berry yield models to Russian side. Yield potentials of other selected NWFP is estimated by field measurements and models.


  • We locate potential hot spots for high yields of bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium), heather (Calluna vulgaris) and crowberry (Empetrum nigrum).


  • We determine the variation of health promoting components in bilberry in relation to tree stand and site characteristics.


Lead Partner:

Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

Paavo Havaksentie 3

90570 Oulu, Finland

Project coordinator: Päivi Merilä

Email: forename.surname (at)



Forest Research Institute, Karelian Research Centre, Russian Academy of Science (FRI KarRC RAS)

11 Pushkinskaya St.

185910 Petrozavodsk, Karelia, Russia

Contact person: Nadezhda Genikova

Email: surname (at)