Wood Mobilisation in the Hub Region
Central Europe, especially Germany, Austria and Switzerland, is a densely wooded area. Forests cover a third of the German and Swiss national territory and almost 50% of Austria. Despite a highly professionalized wood sector, the region carries a lot of hidden potential concerning the mobilisation of wood resources. In light of an increasing demand for wood in construction and energy, a sustainable utilization of dormant reserves, e.g. from privately owned forests, is needed.
Hub Focus Topics
In correspondence to the needs of the region, special emphasis will be on engaging a wide range of stakeholders, from forest owners to architects and energy providers, in the dialogue on wood mobilisation. A goal of the hub activities in the framework of ROSEWOOD is to find innovative solutions for unlocking the wood resources of privately owned forests. Questions addressed in this realm will be e.g. how to equip forest owners with necessary instruments and know-how for harvesting more wood.
Hub Roadmap for a Targeted Transfer of Best Practices and Innovations
ROSEWOOD elaborated for each of the four Hubs roadmaps, scrutinizing each region's existing capacities for wood mobilisation, recommending future actions and highlighting particular Best Practices and Innovations from across Europe whose transfer could improve the regional situation.
Download the whole roadmap here.
Executive Summary of the Central Europe Roadmap - a Sector Rich in Tradition in Search for New Opportunities
The forestry and wood sector in Austria, Germany and Switzerland is in a good state with a well-developed value chain and high grades in mechanization. Yet there are also factors hampering wood mobilisation, such as a fragmented ownership structure and high operational costs of tree tending and harvesting. Recommended best practices for Central Europe thus comprise digitalization, education and training measures to render wood mobilisation more effectively and for balancing costs; for example through digital applications facilitating tree stock monitoring. Digitalisation, for example, of processes is a particularly interesting opportunity for Swiss forestry being in an economic less favourable position compared to its neighbours due to high labour costs.
Moreover, communication campaigns addressing the importance of silvicultural care, along with corresponding trainings for passive, small-scale forest owners were identified as one of the major pulls in the region to boost the rate of sustainably harvested wood. Significant amounts of wood are gathered in plots below 2ha owned by passive forest owners. Campaigns coupled with digital service platforms like ‘La Foret Bouge’, a French website providing GIS data, information and tools for forest management and wood sales to laymen forest owners, are therefore highly interesting examples for the region. Austrian and German forest authorities have initiated campaigns of their own addressed at urban forest owners, but are looking for fresh inspiration how to promote the environmental benefits of tending forests to owners skeptic of men-made interference in natural habitats. Knowledge is the key to activate the group of urban forest owners and to encourage them to valorize the resources of their forests. This is a challenge shared by all European regions to a certain degree, which makes cross-regional cooperation on that behalf all the more important.
By becoming a member of the ROSEWOOD Central Europe Hub you will get exclusive access to the events and trainings offered by the Hub.
As active member you have furthermore the opportunity to share your views on wood mobilisation with the forest and wood community.
You would like to become a stakeholder of the ROSEWOOD Central Europe Hub?
Please sign the Membership Form and send it to the Central Europe Hub Manager (contact below).
+49 0711 400 545 74
Other ROSEWOOD partners involved in the Central Europe Hub:
- Berner Fachhochschule für Agrar-, Forst- und Lebensmittelwissenschaften - University of Applied Sciences Bern, Switzerland
- BITCOMP GmbH, Germany
- Bundesministerium für Nachhaltigkeit und Tourismus, Austria
- Steinbeis 2i GmbH, Germany
You will find further information on the ROSEWOOD partners' contribution to the Hubs here.
Information on the ROSEWOOD project and the Central Europe Hub is also available in German!