Regiowood II

Regiowood II – Strengthening Sustainable Forest Management in Private Forests for the Grand Region and its Natural Heritage 

Funding Programme:   

Interreg V A Großregion / Grande Région: Grenzüberschreitendes Programm zur Europäischen Territorialen Zusammenarbeit 2014 – 2020 / Programme Transfrontalier de Coopération Territoriale Européenne 2014 - 2020

EU-funded program – European Fonds for Regional Development 

Project Duration:

1.1.2017 – 31.12.2019, extended to mid-2022

Project Funds:  

ca. 4,25 Mio €

Project partners:    

Groupement Interprofessionnel pour la Promotion et l‘Économie du Bois en Lorrain (GIPEBLOR) asbl, Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy (F)

Trier University, Environmental Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics (D) http://

Université de Liège (ULg) – Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, Liège (B)

Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), Champenoux (F)

Cellule d’Appui à la Petite Forêt Privée (Office économique wallon du bois), Aye (B)

Université de Strasbourg (UNISTRA) – Laboratoire ICube – SERTIT, Illkirch-Graffenstaden (F)

Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Louvain-la-Neuve (B)

Centre de Développement Agroforestier de Chimay (CDAF), Chimay (B)

Société Royale Forestière de Belgique (SRFB), Bruxelles (B)

Strategic Project partners

Administration de la Nature et des Forêts (ANF), Diekirch (L)

Département de la Nature et des Forêts (DNF), Namur

Société de promotion économique pour l’Est de la Belgique, St. Vith (B)

AgroParisTech, Nancy (F)

The Interreg V A project Regiowood II is funded by the European Union within the framework of the Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and aims to ensure environmentally friendly development of (private) forests in the Greater Region. The Greater Region unites large parts of Rhineland-Palatinate (D), Saarland, parts of Wallonia (B), parts of the Grand-Est department and Luxembourg. The forest area is more than 2.3 million hectares, which is more than a third of the total area of ​​the Greater Region. To date, strong forestry has developed in this area, which is not only economically important, but also very valuable from an ecological and social point of view. There is currently a great demand for wood, so that the available resources must be used sustainably in order not to overload the forest. In addition to public (municipal and state) corporations, the forest is divided between a large number of private owners. Although the private forest owners can theoretically be supported by the public forest facilities, there are great differences in the way private forests are managed. Random forest inspections and regional inventories show that many private forest owners do not manage their areas sustainably or at all and often do not reforest them again after the harvest (which is usually associated with clear cutting), which is a major problem. In addition, there is a lack of precise information about the state of the forest, especially for private forests. B. In the event of a harvest, the affected area and follow-up measures are concerned, but also the current distribution of tree species and available wood resources are usually not known. Without accurate and up-to-date information about the forest, as well as without targeted help (professional support) for private forest owners, neither the recultivation of harvested areas nor the sustainable protection of the private forest in particular is possible.