ROSEWOOD4.0: taking the ROSEWOOD network to the next level
ROSEWOOD4.0 harnesses digital solutions and boosts knowledge transfer to connect multiple actors along the forest value chain to reinforce the sustainability of wood mobilisation in Europe.
This new project, funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020
programme, builds on the ROSEWOOD network of regional hubs, extending
this well-established network both in geographical reach and the breadth
of tools and solutions shared with stakeholders across Europe.
ROSEWOOD4.0 focuses on digitalisation and digital tools for knowledge
transfer, training and coaching, enabling practitioners to share
knowhow with much wider impact.
The project enhances the existing ROSEWOOD EU network of regions to
give more actors in the wood mobilisation value chain increased
opportunities for sharing good practices in the field and provides
access to a wider range of technological and non-technological
The focus on digital platforms and digital training solutions
addresses an identified gap, where the forestry sector lags behind in
terms of adaptation and spreading of modern ICT solutions. This
contributes to two main challenges in wood mobilisation in Europe,
namely access to primary resources and transparency of the market.
ROSEWOO4.0 will close this knowledge gap at grassroots level and
upscale the transfer of innovation and business models throughout
regions and beyond, sharing knowledge at interregional scale for the
sustainable and economic development of the forest sector for the
benefit of rural areas, communities and regions.
The project works to four main objectives to achieve its aims. These include:
i) enhancing and sustaining Wood Mobilisation Hubs as cooperation
platforms and innovation networks in five main European regions;
ii) transferring and communicating information and knowledge on best
practices, innovations and research findings related to wood
mobilisation and competitiveness;
iii) identifying and developing cooperation and innovation between
all actors and supporting the uptake and exploitation of existing best
practices and innovations; and
iv) supporting the design of new business opportunities for
sustainable wood mobilisation through capacity building, training and
development of knowledge resources.
ROSEWOOD4.0’s groups regions according to geographical location and
common conditions to establish its five wood mobilisation regional hubs.
• Northern Europe (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Baltic countries, Denmark);
• Central-West Europe (Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Austria);
• Central-East Europe (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine);
• Southern-West Europe (Spain, Italy, Portugal and South of France; and
• Southern-East Europe (Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Slovenia).
By sharing ICT-driven solutions for forestry, ROSEWOOD4.0 will
contribute to enhanced competitiveness of the forest industry and to
vital development in rural areas within the European Bioeconomy.
What's new in Rosewood 4.0?
• reinforced and enlarged links with Eastern Europe
• new member countries: Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine, Portugal, Greece, Norway, Sweden
• greater geographical reach with FIVE regional hubs
• digital training tools, materials and methodologies
• increased flow of practical information between foresters in Europe
• greater user uptake and adoption of solutions
About the project
ROSEWOOD4.0 is made up of a consortium of 21 partners and covers 18
European countries. The consortium, coordinated by the
Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum, Germany, includes intermediary institutions,
international and regional networks, research institutions and
ROSEWOOD4.0 is a two-year Coordination and Support Action
under the RUR 2019 Call “Thematic networks compiling knowledge ready for
practice”, funded under grant number 862681.