Mobilizing Untapped Reserves of Timber

Europe has 159 million hectares of forests and woodland. Sustainable use, especially in privately owned woods, falls short of its potential. That is why the EU research project SIMWOOD has been striving to contribute to a more efficient usage of the available supply of wood. By doing so, it aims to respond to the ever-increasing demand for this resource in terms of material and energy usage and thus strengthen Europe's forestry and wood industry.

The project partners attach particular importance to improving the mobilization of wood resources by an integrated approach. In this context, they are evaluating the impact on other forest functions and strive to incorporate existing local interest groups. Through pilot projects, SIMWOOD is testing in close cooperation with local stakeholders necessary adjustment measures.

For this, SIMWOOD is developing an online information system, with which researchers are analyzing the impact of new solutions and approaches and improving them as needed. This shall allow forest owners, foresters and SMEs to have access to information and recommendations relating, for instance, to forest management or harvesting techniques for their region in the future. With the SIMWOOD Information System, decision-makers in the forest sector and scientists are able to assess the effect of national and EU programmes for wood mobilization and keep an eye on developments.

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