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Handbook for wood mobilisation in Europe. Measures for increasing wood supply from sustainably managed forests.

Technical Report (PDF Available)  · December 2017with538 Reads
DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.30261.78568
Christophe Orazio at European Forest Institute
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Uwe Kies at InnovaWood
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Wood is a very versatile raw material and thus an important resource for many industries, such as construction, furniture, pulp and paper, bioenergy and biorefineries (new chemical products). Using wood is one of the safest ways to reduce the CO2 emissions that are the main cause of climate change. Already today, a variety of innovative products can be produced from wood which are expected to stimulate significant growth of the forest-based sector within the green economy. Mobilising more wood therefore offers a major opportunity for Europe to reduce its impacts on the environment and develop a sustainable biobased economy. Today, Europe’s large unused wood potential is ‘locked’ in forests where harvesting is limited due to complex barriers associated with regulation, accessibility, ownership structures and other technical, social and economic factors. A large share of the unused potential can be mobilised through more active forest management and without disturbing other forest functions. This handbook aims to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities of wood mobilisation from managed forests by increasing the sustainable harvesting of wood. Based on a survey of initiatives and pilot projects in several European countries, the main barriers impeding wood mobilisation are presented along with a set of corresponding measures and interventions that are considered capable of lifting these barriers. It provides a thorough overview of the topic from a European perspective and is aimed at practitioners and policy makers in the forest-based sector. It is also useful as an introduction for readers interested in wood and biomass who have a different background, for example in biochemistry, new materials or renewable energies. The handbook is an outcome of the EU-funded SIMWOOD project. The results of which are accessible through the websites and
Figure 1 b & c: Wood production in European forests. b) Average forest harvesting intensity (%) and c) Average harvested timber volumes (m 3 /ha) from 2000 to 2010 in European administrative units (NUTS0-3) (Lever et al. 2014). 
b & c: Wood production in European forests. b) Average forest harvesting intensity (%) and c) Average harvested timber volumes (m 3 /ha) from 2000 to 2010 in European administrative units (NUTS0-3) (Lever et al. 2014).
Forest harvesting accessibility map of France based on a combined index of distance to roads, slope level and soil properties (IGN 2012), Forest on steep terrain (EFIATLANTIC).
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