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ROSEWOOD launches regional Hubs on Sustainable Wood Mobilisation

Although the ROSEWOOD network is only a small plant yet, it already has grown branches: The 4 Hubs on Sustainable Wood Mobilisation in North, East, Central and South Europe kick-started their work as the network's regional action centres.

Strengthening the supply of wood from sustainable European sources is at the heart of the ROSEWOOD Hubs' mission. 

With more than 43% of Europe's land coverage, forests and their resources are important for almost every region of the continent. But despite trees growing everywhere in Europe, regional conditions and challenges for forestry and in particular wood mobilisation are quite different. This is why the ROSEWOOD network initiated four regional hubs in North, Central, East and South Europe to scrutinize regional challenges regarding the sustainable mobilisation of wood, but also to identify new solutions that could provide impetus for the growing sector and unlock wood from different sources, including urban green waste and industrial residues.

The ROSEWOOD regional Hubs launched their activities in May (East, South and North Europe Hub) and June 2018 (Central Hub). Different actors of the sector, from foresters to carpenters, participated in the events, sharing their knowledge and insights on sustainable wood mobilisation. Presentations on the current situation of the wood and forestry sector in the region prepared the ground for in-depths discussions on how to respond to pertinent challenges. Best practice examples the ROSEWOOD partners had identified in the respective regions provided input on potential solutions, paving the way to a economic and ecologically balanced future of wood mobilisation.

A conclusion participants drew is that more inter- and cross-sectoral exchange is needed to tackle current bottlenecks of wood mobilisation. Wood as renewable raw material is utilized in many industries, its popularity growing, however, practitioners on the ground often lack knowledge on what is really demanded by the industry and how to market their products effectively. Innovation is also needed in other domains of the sector. Todays private forest owners, leading an urban lifestyle and being more and more foreign to forest management, have to be engaged for the cause of forest management and wood mobilisation in new ways. Online platforms such as wald-wird-mobil in Germany (more on this example here) therefore explore the opportunities of digital media, using creative formats and sophisticated digital tools to address and support private forest owners.

Read more about the Hub launch in South Europe and the the Central Hub launch in the news & events section

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The ROSEWOOD regional Hubs' vision
The Hubs' shared belief is that each European region has a rich and vivid tradition in forestry and therefore different examples for excellence in wood mobilisation, from hidden champions in forestry machine construction to innovative concepts in activating private forest owners. Sustainable wood mobilisation being a common challenge for all regions, it is time to have a closer look at the different answers and compare and make them available at the European level. ROSEWOOD facilitates this kind of trans-european knowledge transfer by inviting all stakeholders of the wood value chain to join one of the Hubs and share their experience concerning the mobilisation & utilization of wood.

ROSEWOOD just started forming the network of the Hubs. Interested stakeholders may join the knowledge community around them at any time of the project. Hub membership is free-of-charge.

 

ROSEWOOD launches regional Hubs on Sustainable Wood Mobilisation

Although the ROSEWOOD network is only a small plant yet, it already has grown branches: The 4 Hubs on Sustainable Wood Mobilisation in North, East, Central and South Europe kick-started their work as the network's regional action centres.

Strengthening the supply of wood from sustainable European sources is at the heart of the ROSEWOOD Hubs' mission. 

With more than 43% of Europe's land coverage, forests and their resources are important for almost every region of the continent. But despite trees growing everywhere in Europe, regional conditions and challenges for forestry and in particular wood mobilisation are quite different. This is why the ROSEWOOD network initiated four regional hubs in North, Central, East and South Europe to scrutinize regional challenges regarding the sustainable mobilisation of wood, but also to identify new solutions that could provide impetus for the growing sector and unlock wood from different sources, including urban green waste and industrial residues.

The ROSEWOOD regional Hubs launched their activities in May (East, South and North Europe Hub) and June 2018 (Central Hub). Different actors of the sector, from foresters to carpenters, participated in the events, sharing their knowledge and insights on sustainable wood mobilisation. Presentations on the current situation of the wood and forestry sector in the region prepared the ground for in-depths discussions on how to respond to pertinent challenges. Best practice examples the ROSEWOOD partners had identified in the respective regions provided input on potential solutions, paving the way to a economic and ecologically balanced future of wood mobilisation.

A conclusion participants drew is that more inter- and cross-sectoral exchange is needed to tackle current bottlenecks of wood mobilisation. Wood as renewable raw material is utilized in many industries, its popularity growing, however, practitioners on the ground often lack knowledge on what is really demanded by the industry and how to market their products effectively. Innovation is also needed in other domains of the sector. Todays private forest owners, leading an urban lifestyle and being more and more foreign to forest management, have to be engaged for the cause of forest management and wood mobilisation in new ways. Online platforms such as wald-wird-mobil in Germany (more on this example here) therefore explore the opportunities of digital media, using creative formats and sophisticated digital tools to address and support private forest owners.

Read more about the Hub launch in South Europe and the the Central Hub launch in the news & events section

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The ROSEWOOD regional Hubs' vision
The Hubs' shared belief is that each European region has a rich and vivid tradition in forestry and therefore different examples for excellence in wood mobilisation, from hidden champions in forestry machine construction to innovative concepts in activating private forest owners. Sustainable wood mobilisation being a common challenge for all regions, it is time to have a closer look at the different answers and compare and make them available at the European level. ROSEWOOD facilitates this kind of trans-european knowledge transfer by inviting all stakeholders of the wood value chain to join one of the Hubs and share their experience concerning the mobilisation & utilization of wood.

ROSEWOOD just started forming the network of the Hubs. Interested stakeholders may join the knowledge community around them at any time of the project. Hub membership is free-of-charge.