Solutions for Sustainable Innovative Mobilisation of Wood in Europe

Europe’s forests are a precious resource. They provide fundamental ecological functions such as carbon storage, nutrient cycling, water and air purification and wildlife habitat. Forests are also fundamental to our traditional economy and will play an increasingly important role in the EU bioeconomy.
As Europe shifts towards a bio-based economy, the demand for wood will increase yet Europe’s vast wood potential is untapped. This potential can be mobilized through more active yet sustainable and environmentally-friendly management.

This website is a compilation of projects that address the issue of wood mobilisation in Europe. The projects are sorted by the barriers encountered by the practitioners, as well as the measures they took to overcome those barriers. The target audiences of this website are practitioners, policy makers, forest administrators, forest owner associations and other stakeholders.

Through this website you can:

The SIMWOOD library is categorised by common barriers to wood mobilisation identified in European countries, as well as the measures that have either been tested or are in the process of being tested to address those barriers.

Highly detailed information is available for seventeen model regions. You can interact with maps and graphs showing wood mobilisation initiatives, relevant websites, facts and figures as well as regional scenarios showing the outputs of modelling exercises in your country

Much of the data and knowledge within this system was collected within the FP7 project SIMWOOD (Sustainable Innovative Mobilisation of Wood). For more on the FP7 project, visit the project homepage

Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda published

The Bioeconomy Strategic Working Group (BSW), together with the Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE), has prepared a Strategic Knowledge and Innovation Agenda (SKIA) for the bioeconomy. The document gives a view of the BSW where to put efforts in the EU research and innovation agenda, notably “Horizon Europe” and the revised European Bioeconomy Strategy and Action Plan. In the SKIA, the vision approach has been chosen instead of the mission approach that has been recently promoted for the next Framework Programme. The central vision is “Achieving an inclusive and sustainable Bioeconomy for Europe”. This vision is broken down into three goals for the bioeconomy: 1. an up to date monitoring, assessment, foresight on bioresources, impacts and resource flows; 2. moving towards a demand driven sustainable bioeconomy; and 3.systemic solutions for a more bio-based circular economy and more circular bioeconomy. The SKIA describes three corresponding and interconnected sets of research topics and actions, as well as tools and measures to support the growth of the bioeconomy and to achieve these goals: knowledge and information needed for the bioeconomy from a systemic change perspective; future development paths of the bioeconomy; and social and technical solutions the bioeconomy can offer now and in the future.

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