Utilisation of mountain wood and the organisation of mountain wood industries - European practices
The objective of the work is to identify and analyse positive and sustainable practices regarding the extraction and use of wood and the organisation (formal, e.g.,organisation of wood owner, union, association, etc.; or informal) of wood supply chains in mountain areas (from production to end products), in European countries with mountain forests with sufficient harvesting potential. Thus the study does not aim to be exhaustive, but to present a small number of practices that have led to an increase in local forest exploitation, giving value to the wood produced in the region, thanks not only to determined local commitment and vertical integration but also innovation and taking advantage of market niches. The practices presented here, are the basis of an analysis aimed at realising political recommendations to encourage the development of these supply chains. The study was conducted between May 2011 and April 2012.