ROSEWOOD: Best practices and innovations for wood mobilisation in Europe

This European H2020 initiative paves the way towards mobilising more wood and offering a major opportunity for Europe to reduce its impacts on the environment and develop a sustainable biobased economy.

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Europe’s large unused wood potential is located within forests where exploitation is limited due to complex barriers associated with regulation, accessibility, ownership structures and other technical, social and economic factors. Much of the unused potential can be mobilised through more active forest management without disrupting other forest functions.

For the transition towards a bioeconomy, renewable materials serving as feedstocks must be mobilised sustainably and innovative products integrated into circular economy value chains. On a European level, approaches to reach sustainable wood mobilisation are diverse, but exchange and cooperation among regions are scarce. The ROSEWOOD network’s central objective is to foster knowledge transfer in the forestry and wood sector across Europe. The network’s four regional hubs provide a platform for exchange, bringing together experts and stakeholders from the entire wood value chain.

The mobilisation of wood involves a multitude of companies and stakeholders along the supply chains from the forest up to the final products. Tangible solutions therefore need to be specifically adapted to the socio-economic conditions, forest types and markets across different regions of Europe.

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To initiate the discussion about sustainable wood mobilisation, the 15 partners of the ROSEWOOD project that represent in total 10 different countries, identified exemplary Best Practices and Innovations in various forestry-related domains, from forest management to timber recycling. Just in October 2019, the project released the ROSEWOOD Map Viewer, an online platform making the network’s rich database of Best Practices and Innovations available to the public.

The Map Viewer features a map of Europe showing the locations of best practice cases and several indicators to filter search results. The goal is to keep expanding the database with new entries about exemplary projects, initiatives or innovations.

The findings of the ROSEWOOD network will be presented to the public in the final conference on 15 – 16 January 2020 in Florence, Italy. The event will be co-organised with the 2020 edition of the Forest Innovation Workshop, a joint initiative of relevant European organisations interested in keeping the forest-based sector vital and innovative.

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