At the end of September the 15 ROSEWOOD consortium members from 10 European countries gathered in Madrid to plan the next steps within the project’s mission to enhance European knowledge transfer in the realm of sustainable wood resource mobilisation and utilization. The meeting was hosted by CESEFOR at the premises of the prestigious School of Forestry of the Politechnic University of Madrid.
Strengthening the European wood sector by enhancing knowledge transfer
Over 100 Best Practices and more than 30 Innovations, covering a wide range of wood mobilisation related to sustainability from automatization and digitalization to silvicultural management, have been collected by the ROSEWOOD regional Hubs during the first six months of the project. At the Madrid meeting the partners discussed the capitalization and transfer of these best practice cases among the regions involved in ROSEWOOD.
“Our research on existing projects in wood mobilisation showed how much is being done on the level of forestry innovation in Europe. We did identify some great tools for digitalizing forest management or highly-innovative machinery that reduces the environmental impact of wood harvesting, for instance. What we need now, is to spread the knowledge between EU regions to further strengthen the competitiveness of the EU’s bioeconomy sector. Wood is a renewable resource our continent needs to protect and further valorize”, points out Dr. Anthony Salingre, coordinator of the ROSEWOOD project.
The goal of the ROSEWOOD project is to identify for each regional Hub of the ROSEWOOD Network in South, North, Central and East Europe best practices and innovations which respond to the individual region’s needs and add to its wood mobilisation practices, unlocking the potential of local wood resources. The ROSEWOOD Network hubs aim not only at providing a database of best practices, but at connecting stakeholders with each other in order to facilitate a real, valuable knowledge exchange among European regions on sustainable wood mobilisation.
Connecting stakeholders for lasting impact
The next milestone of realizing this knowledge transfer therefore will be Expert Panels organized in each regional Hub, at which local experts and practitioners will discuss the situation of wood mobilisation within the region on the basis of SWOT analyses and select best practices that match regional needs. The experts’ input will provide the basis for the ROSEWOOD partners to draft inter-regional Roadmaps, outlining opportunities for each region's wood sector and how to further strengthen its competitiveness in a lasting and sustainable way.
The ROSEWOOD network – how to join
If you would like to become a part of the ROSEWOOD knowledge community and make your own contribution to the growing best practice database of the network, join one of the ROSEWOOD regional Hubs. For more information see here.