100 best practices and digital innovations for sustainable forestry

The EU-funded ROSEWOOD4.0 project publishes a report with a selection of 100 European best practices and innovations that demonstrate how the digital revolution is rapidly transforming forestry and forest-based industries.

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Virtual forests, smart harvesting machines, e-commerce platforms, apps and educational tools… the digital revolution is rapidly transforming sustainable forestry and forest industries. Over the last two years, ROSEWOOD4.0 has been building on this trend to strengthen the sustainability of forest resilience and wood mobilisation in Europe through knowledge exchange, transfer of best practices and establishing itself as a powerful voice of this digital revolution in the forestry sector.

The consortium of this Horizon2020 project has recently produced a report documenting a selection of 100 Best Practices and Innovations (BP&I) in forest management, wood supply and forest-based industries exploiting relevant digital technologies and Industry 4.0 solutions. This publication comprises an overview of the full selection of 100 BP&I that were jointly identified and validated by the project partners.

The ROSEWOOD4.0 team represents a living community of 21 organisations from 17 countries, organised in five European Regional Hubs which reach out to an even larger group of local stakeholders. The different categories and types of solutions that have been jointly identified by the Hubs are described and their relevance for wood mobilisation in Europe is pointed out.

The BP&I factsheets are published in a Knowledge Platform for Regional Forest Innovation, which is an open, multilingual repository created by the consortium to enable the widest possible dissemination of results. The complete BP&I selection with links to all online factsheets are included in the report. Spreading this knowledge in Europe will help practitioners and professionals to gain a better understanding of how the digital transformation in forestry can improve sustainable forest management and ecosystem resilience and thus benefit a more competitive forest-based sector in rural regions.

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ROSEWOOD4.0 harnesses digital solutions and boosts knowledge transfer to connect multiple actors along the forest value chain to reinforce the sustainability of wood mobilisation and the forestry sector in Europe. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 862681.