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ROSEWOOD Network Conference and Forestry Innovation Workshop 2020 discussed the future of the sector in Europe

On the agenda of the event that brought together stakeholders of forestry and wood sector from around Europe, were the challenges of climate change for sustainable forest management, the importance of public funding for European forestry as well as new opportunities provided by digitalisation for the entire wood value chain.

With forest fires of unprecedented intensity raging in Australia, the future of forestry is more than ever up for discussion. European answers to the challenges of a changing climate and to a growing market demand for wood were at the centre of debate at the ROSEWOOD Final Conference and the Forestry Innovation Workshop, which took place from 15th to 16th January in Florence. The event was jointly hosted by the Horizon 2020 funded ROSEWOOD Network of Regions on Sustainable Wood Mobilisation as well as EFI, ERIAFF and other European associations of the forestry and wood community.

Marco Remaschi, Regional Minister for Agriculture of the Tuscany Region and ERIAFF political coordinator, opened the conference, highlighting the importance of European exchange on innovation in forestry for strengthening the sector’s competitiveness. His statement was reinforced by Alberto Negro, President of ANARF and EUSTAFOR associate, who pointed out the need for strong frameworks of exchange, connecting practitioners and EU actors of the sector.

A topic fervently discussed in Florence was the use of public funds for the forest sector. Despite its significant contribution to CO2 sequestration, biodiversity preservation and to the EU’s bioeconomy, public spending per forest hectare in Europe is low, ranging in between 5 to 105 Euros according to the analysis of ROSEWOOD. “Mobilizing more resources from forests also requires mobilisation of more funds, especially if we want to encourage sustainable forest management among small-scale forest owners”, emphasized ROSEWOOD partner Alvaro Picardo of the Junta de Castilla y Leon.

Besides the lack of funding, the ROSEWOOD Network identified further needs and opportunities in wood mobilisation for the network’s regions; North, South, Central and East Europe. ROSEWOOD collected over 100 Best Practices and Innovations that propose exemplary solutions to the sector’s challenges, from small owner activation to increasing forest biodiversity and resilience. At the conference, the ROSEWOOD Regional Roadmaps’ recommendations for a strategic transfer of these cases were put up for discussion. The digital transitions of the sector as well as the combat against climate change were acknowledged as main areas calling for greater cooperation among European actors.

Speakers at the conferenced showed forestry’s innovative power that ranges from introducing new technologies like lidar in forest inventory to pursuing novel approaches for wood flow management and local wood valorization through charcoal or biomass nutrients production. The sector is not short of fresh ideas for better managing, harvesting and processing of wood resources. An opportunity to intensify the exchange on innovation will be the Horizon 2020 project ROSEWOOD4.0. Officially kicked-off in Florence, the project will continue the work began in ROSEWOOD, with a clear focus on digitalisation. Not to forget about future editions of the Forestry Innovation Workshop, a well-established European stakeholder event. The next workshop will take place in 2021. 

You can download the presentations given by ROSEWOOD project partners at the conference below

Day 1, Session I: Rosewood project: Discussion on general and policy oriented findings

ROSEWOOD Network - Introduction by Anthony Salingre, ROSEWOOD coordinator

ROSEWOOD Roadmaps for Targeted Transfer of Best Practices and Innovations in the European forestry and wood sector - Methodological approach by Anthony Salingre, ROSEWOOD coordinator

Presentations of Regional Roadmaps by ROSEWOOD Hub Managers
Jussi Soppela, LUAS, for the North Europe Hub
Ivan Ambros, CEKOM, for the East Europe Hub
Riccardo Castellini, CESEFOR, for the South Europe Hub
Larissa Rudolph and Christoph Jost, ProHolzBW for the Central Europe Hub

Day 1, Session II: Innovation projects from forest based value chains, supported by ROSEWOOD

Day 2, Session II: Rosewood Network Policy recommendations

Training and education programmes: state of play in the ROSEWOOD Network regions
Jussi Soppela, LUAS, for the North Europe Hub
Ivan Ambros, CEKOM, for the East Europe Hub
Riccardo Castellini, CESEFOR, for the South Europe Hub
Larissa Rudolph, ProHolzBW for the Central Europe Hub

Comparative analysis about the use of the public funds in the wood sector across Europe, Alvaro Picardo, Junta de Castilla y Leon

Key policy measures for future oriented wood mobilization in Europe, presentation of ROSEWOOD policy recommendations, Hubert Siegel, BMNT

 

ROSEWOOD Network Conference and Forestry Innovation Workshop 2020 discussed the future of the sector in Europe

On the agenda of the event that brought together stakeholders of forestry and wood sector from around Europe, were the challenges of climate change for sustainable forest management, the importance of public funding for European forestry as well as new opportunities provided by digitalisation for the entire wood value chain.

With forest fires of unprecedented intensity raging in Australia, the future of forestry is more than ever up for discussion. European answers to the challenges of a changing climate and to a growing market demand for wood were at the centre of debate at the ROSEWOOD Final Conference and the Forestry Innovation Workshop, which took place from 15th to 16th January in Florence. The event was jointly hosted by the Horizon 2020 funded ROSEWOOD Network of Regions on Sustainable Wood Mobilisation as well as EFI, ERIAFF and other European associations of the forestry and wood community.

Marco Remaschi, Regional Minister for Agriculture of the Tuscany Region and ERIAFF political coordinator, opened the conference, highlighting the importance of European exchange on innovation in forestry for strengthening the sector’s competitiveness. His statement was reinforced by Alberto Negro, President of ANARF and EUSTAFOR associate, who pointed out the need for strong frameworks of exchange, connecting practitioners and EU actors of the sector.

A topic fervently discussed in Florence was the use of public funds for the forest sector. Despite its significant contribution to CO2 sequestration, biodiversity preservation and to the EU’s bioeconomy, public spending per forest hectare in Europe is low, ranging in between 5 to 105 Euros according to the analysis of ROSEWOOD. “Mobilizing more resources from forests also requires mobilisation of more funds, especially if we want to encourage sustainable forest management among small-scale forest owners”, emphasized ROSEWOOD partner Alvaro Picardo of the Junta de Castilla y Leon.

Besides the lack of funding, the ROSEWOOD Network identified further needs and opportunities in wood mobilisation for the network’s regions; North, South, Central and East Europe. ROSEWOOD collected over 100 Best Practices and Innovations that propose exemplary solutions to the sector’s challenges, from small owner activation to increasing forest biodiversity and resilience. At the conference, the ROSEWOOD Regional Roadmaps’ recommendations for a strategic transfer of these cases were put up for discussion. The digital transitions of the sector as well as the combat against climate change were acknowledged as main areas calling for greater cooperation among European actors.

Speakers at the conferenced showed forestry’s innovative power that ranges from introducing new technologies like lidar in forest inventory to pursuing novel approaches for wood flow management and local wood valorization through charcoal or biomass nutrients production. The sector is not short of fresh ideas for better managing, harvesting and processing of wood resources. An opportunity to intensify the exchange on innovation will be the Horizon 2020 project ROSEWOOD4.0. Officially kicked-off in Florence, the project will continue the work began in ROSEWOOD, with a clear focus on digitalisation. Not to forget about future editions of the Forestry Innovation Workshop, a well-established European stakeholder event. The next workshop will take place in 2021. 

You can download the presentations given by ROSEWOOD project partners at the conference below

Day 1, Session I: Rosewood project: Discussion on general and policy oriented findings

ROSEWOOD Network - Introduction by Anthony Salingre, ROSEWOOD coordinator

ROSEWOOD Roadmaps for Targeted Transfer of Best Practices and Innovations in the European forestry and wood sector - Methodological approach by Anthony Salingre, ROSEWOOD coordinator

Presentations of Regional Roadmaps by ROSEWOOD Hub Managers
Jussi Soppela, LUAS, for the North Europe Hub
Ivan Ambros, CEKOM, for the East Europe Hub
Riccardo Castellini, CESEFOR, for the South Europe Hub
Larissa Rudolph and Christoph Jost, ProHolzBW for the Central Europe Hub

Day 1, Session II: Innovation projects from forest based value chains, supported by ROSEWOOD

Day 2, Session II: Rosewood Network Policy recommendations

Training and education programmes: state of play in the ROSEWOOD Network regions
Jussi Soppela, LUAS, for the North Europe Hub
Ivan Ambros, CEKOM, for the East Europe Hub
Riccardo Castellini, CESEFOR, for the South Europe Hub
Larissa Rudolph, ProHolzBW for the Central Europe Hub

Comparative analysis about the use of the public funds in the wood sector across Europe, Alvaro Picardo, Junta de Castilla y Leon

Key policy measures for future oriented wood mobilization in Europe, presentation of ROSEWOOD policy recommendations, Hubert Siegel, BMNT