Southern Europe Hub Launch
Report by Riccardo Castellini, Hub Manager
The launch of the Rosewood Southern Hub has been the occasion, for the Cesefor Foundation and the Region Castile and León, to inaugurate a new annual appointment: the 'Forest Bioeconomy Forum'. The first edition held in Valladolid (last May) provided the opportunity for highlighting the need to develop public policies that can stimulate innovation and collaboration among economic agents in rural areas and between different sectors, in order to seek the highest possible return on forest resources.
The Rosewood Southern Hub points out that the sustainable use of wood is one of the axes that contributes to the development of the rural environment, and stressed that Mediterranean forests play a fundamental role for local economies by providing a wide variety of goods and services, and their “multifunctionality” constitutes an opportunity in socioeconomic terms. However, despite its potential, the forestry sector (and the wood sector in particular) faces significant challenges at many levels, such as the low profitability, motivated by different factors, which are the object of the Hub’s current investigation. The globalization of markets needs innovation and a permanent adaptation to a changing context is essential, in which the collaboration between the economic agents of a certain territory reinforces its position and the economic opportunities.