On 12.11.2019 forestry experts and policy makers gathered at the “Wood to Excellence” Workshop of the ROSEWOOD Central Hub to discuss the status of sustainable wood mobilisation and recommendations for further policy support in the DACH region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland). The workshop took place in the unique new wooden building “Forest Campus Traunkirchen” in Upper Austria.
Notable representatives from the most important Austrian forest institutions (Forest Department of the Austrian Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism, Forest Service of the Upper Austrian Federal State Government, “Forest-Timber-Paper” cooperation platform, Forest Association Austria, Wood Cluster Styria, Institute of Silviculture of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences) and forest experts from Baden-Württemberg (proHolz BW, University Freiburg, Steinbeis-Europe-Centre, tree house technology) participated at this workshop organized by the ROSEWOOD Network at the forest college Traunkirchen, which is located beautifully directly on the lakefront of Traunsee.
The head of the forest college Traunkirchen (FAST), one of the greatest and most advanced competence centre for forests in Europe, provided an interesting tour through the college’s building explaining not only the technical equipment of the training rooms, but also the diverse training opportunities and facilities.
After a short overview about the experiences gained so far within the ROSEWOOD project, the funding possibilities regarding wood mobilization and the actual efforts towards the integration of forest and wood industry in Austria as well as the impacts of climate change on forestry in Upper Austria were analysed. Furthermore also the situation of forest owners and cooperation with other forest institutions in Baden-Württemberg was closely elucidated.
In the discussion following the presentations the importance of private forest owners’ motivation to manage their forest, especially those owning small plots of lands, was highlighted. Participants also underlined, in this respect, the relevance of political supported flagship ‘wood’ projects and the promotion of wooden products among the general public. Moreover, cooperation and solidarity between forest industries, sawmills and forest owners has to be improved in the future.
Report provided by BMNT