NEWFOR - NEW technologies for a better mountain FORest timbermobilization (NEWFOR)

2011-09-01 – 2014-08-31

The role play by mountain forests is extremely varied. Their contributions to the stability and overall development of life and economic factors in mountainous regions are highly significant. Due mainly to topographic conditions, managing mountain forests is significantly more cost intensive than in plain ones. A good knowledge of forest biomass location, characteristics, mobilization conditions and connectivity to wood industry is a prerequisite for the development of a sustainable timber supply chain in mountain territories. This knowledge is currently insufficient to provide at reasonable costs, the required guarantees on the wood supply and on its sustainability. Based on the use of new technologies for forest and topography characterization, NEWFOR is dedicated to enhance and develop tools and adapted policies for decision making in the field of a sustainable and adaptive mountain forest resources management facing the sustainability of mountain forest ecosystems services.

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  • Stand Montafon Forstfonds
  • Eidgenössische Forschungsanstalt für Wald, Schnee und Landschaft,WSLForschungsprogramm Forstwirtschaft und Klimawandel
  • Zavod za gozdove Slovenije
  • Dipartimento di Agronomia, Selvicoltura e Gestione del Territorio(AGROSELVITER) - Università degli Studi di Torino
  • Dipartimento Territorio e Sistemi Agro-Forestali (TeSAF) - Universitàdegli Studi di Padova
  • Bayerische Landesanstalt für Wald und Forstwirtschaft - AbteilungWaldbewirtschaftung
  • Gozdarski Institut Slovenije
  • Institut Technologique Forêt Cellulose Bois-construction Ameublement
  • Provincia Autonoma di Trento - Servizio Foreste e Fauna
  • Ente Regionale per i Servizi all’Agricoltura e alle Foreste - ERSAFLombardia
  • Bundesforschungs- und Ausbildungszentrum für Wald, Naturgefahrenund Landschaft (BFW) Institut für Naturgefahren und Waldgrenzregionen
  • Amt der Tiroler Landesregierung Abt. Forstorganisation
  • Cemagref, Groupement de Grenoble, Unité de Recherche EcosystèmesMontagnard