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EU NETWORK OF REGIONS ON SUSTAINABLE WOOD MOBILISATION READY FOR DIGITALISATION

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - ROSEWOOD4.0 (EU NETWORK OF REGIONS ON SUSTAINABLE WOOD MOBILISATION READY FOR DIGITALISATION)

Reporting period: 2020-01-01 to 2020-12-31

ROSEWOOD4.0’s objective is to close the knowledge gap and support sustainable wood mobilisation in EU-Regions. There is a need in Europe to intensively exploit existing best-practices and synergies and at the same time transfer innovative knowledge among different regions, responding to specific regional gaps and needs.
ROSEWOOD4.0 connects actors to address and find answers to the main challenges in the field by putting a focus on digital solutions, tools, and corresponding knowledge transfer actions. By creating adapted materials and sharing knowledge on technological and non-technological best practices, ROSEWOOD4.0 will close knowledge gaps and create new opportunities for economic partnerships. ROSEWOOD4.0 focuses on tailored transfer of knowledge that supports stakeholders in exploiting best-practices and facilitates the capture of innovative ideas. ROSEWOOD4.0 provides also practitioners with development skills (educational and entrepreneurial) leveraging the uptake of new ideas in daily business. To allow a wider dissemination and use, ROSEWOOD4.0 addresses ‘digitalisation’ as transversal theme by developing digital dissemination and trainings tools supporting the implemention of best practices (platform, trainings, webinars, factsheets, implementation groups, etc.) but also aiming at connecting stakeholders in an open-innovation environment. The consortium will synthesize, share and present best practices with a focus on facilitating uptake through the development of new collaborations. ROSEWOOD4.0 will develop knowledge transfer actions aiming at transfering best practices from other regions that will complement or initiate new Operational Groups within the EIP-AGRI. The project’s actions are implemented via 5 Wood Mobilisation Regional Hubs across Europe providing greater opportunities for forestry and wood-using industries by aligning their activities with local and regional development plans.

More precisely the main objectives of this first period were:
- Selecting the main best practices in the partnership regions to be developed as factsheets, video materials or study visits
- Starting the development of the ROSEWOOD4.0 knowledge platform, based on the ROSEWOOD MapViewer
- Developing the Roadmaps by defining/updating the needs of partnership regions and matching identified best practices with needs
- Developing the concept underlying the transfer of BPs between regions
- Developing the ROSEWOOD4.0 training concept to be implemented
- Developing the project first communication materials and dissemination strategy and start its implementation
Following the Kick-off-meeting in January 2020, the main work focused on 3 aspects:
1) The consortium identified a large set of 339 best practices in wood mobilisation, especially dealing with digitalisation, through interviews with experts and desktop research. A first selection of 169 Best practices will be described as factsheets, including 25 as video materials. ROSEWOOD4.0 knowledge platform, based on the actual ROSEWOOD MapViewer, is under development and will contain all dissemination materials created. This will be one of the first pan-European Forestry Knowledge Information System. The regional Hubs for Sustainable Wood Mobilisation in the 5 EU regions (South-West, South-East, North, Central-East and Central-West Europe) were launched. Partners worked with 100 experts in the frame of the 9 organised validation workshops to identify the most promising best pratices coming from other Hubs, allowing knowledge transfer between regions.
2) Roadmaps for each Hub, designated to facilitate best practice transfer among regions, were prepared with the support of the external experts: validation of the SWOTs and matching of best practices with the needs within the Hubs. Roadmaps will be published by June 2021. In parallel, the methodology to implement the transfer and business idea creation workshops was developed. Transfers will be based on the Roadmaps as starting point to focus the development of ideas on the needs and best practices of interest selected within each Hub.
3) Questionnaires were implemented by stakeholders to collect information on training initiatives in the sustainable wood mobilisation domain in Europe. The analysis on existing vocational and industry-relevant programmes with a specific focus on digitalization was completed. The training concept for three major target groups (forest owners, foresters and women in forestry) with planning and structure of trainings materials is finalised. In-depth learning catalogues have been developed, while the collection of teaching material and training content is ongoing. In addition, a learning management system (ILIAS) for the use and distribution of digital training materials has been implemented and will be coupled to the knowledge platform.
ROSEWOOD4.0 allows stakeholders of the wood mobilisation value-chain to share best practices knowledge on European level. The aim is to transfer efficiently the knowledge across regions to practitioners and any interested stakeholder by means of modern tools such as digital platforms, digital training solutions, etc. This strengthens the sustainability of forest exploitation and improves European regions’ competitiveness and development of rural areas.
ROSEWOOD4.0 forges a vast cross-regional network with effective communication channels, speeding the flow and uptake of knowledge emerging from science to practice, realizing the large innovative potential of digitalisation and multi-actor interactive innovation. Embedded in the 5 Regional Hubs, the participative exchange between stakeholders and the exploitation actions nourish tangible best practice cases and solutions, which are then broadly disseminated through EU-wide channels linking important national and EU stakeholders. To make these materials accessible in the long term, a web-based platform is under development and will feed into the EIP-AGRI portal.
The main specific outputs of the project will be:
-100 best practice abstracts, feeding into national and regional AKIS and EIP-AGRI databases, embedded into a knowledge platform allowing a targetted search of best practices accoring to gaps answered
-Dissemination materials around best practices (25 videos, 10-15 field visits)
-3 MOOCs, 3 webinars and 3 podcasts around digitalisation in forestry
-5 Roadmaps for knowledge transfer between regions
-35 workshops in total for knowledge transfer and collaborative work
-5 innovation group for practical knowledge transfer of best practices

ROSEWOOD4.0 offers the opportunity to network and find new strategic partners along the wood value chain. Training and events offer SMEs a broad field of chances to contribute to a sustainable forestry-based industry, driven by digital solutions.
SMEs benefit from the strength of ROSEWOOD4.0 to bring together actors along the wood value chain, which provides them with new opportunities for developing their business. When feeding their best practices into the ROSEWOOD4.0 network, they will be offered support in further developing these ideas and adapting best practices from other regions to local context. This knowledge transfer allows for new investments, while training and education activities foster innovative thinking. ROSEWOOD4.0 provides policy makers and financial backers information on how to support better SMEs to establish an EU-wide circular economy.
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