The National Institute for Research and Development in Forestry “Marin Drăcea” (INCDS) and the Romanina Association of the Wood Industry – Prolemn announce the release of the study “The forest-timber sector in the context of climate change and its contribution to the development of the socio-economic system. The vision for 2030”.

The study was produced by a team of researchers from INCDS “Marin Drăcea” and Prolemn, based on a collaboration protocol between the two organizations. This is a comprehensive analysis of the state of forests in Romania and an assessment of the potential of the forest-timber sector to mitigate the effects of climate change. The study also analyses the social and economic impact the sector has at the moment, and what impact could have a solid bio-economy anchored in the use of wood from sustainably managed forests.

The study, published by the Editura Silvică publishing house, includes important discussions in the context of the elaboration of the new forestry strategy by the Romanian authorities.

The analysis focuses on main topics related to:

  • the ecological and socio-economic contribution of wood and wood products;
  • rural development and continuous employment;
  • the contribution of wood through the substitution effect of energy materials and fossil fuels with a high level of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions;
  • increasing carbon storage through sustainable forest management and the promotion of long-living wood products;
  • energy efficiency through the use of the wood resource;
  • the identification of ways to stimulate the use of wood / wood products through public policies.

The purpose of the analysis and assessing the current and potential contribution of the forest-timber sector is to identify and provide useful information for substantiating the national forestry strategy, in particular with regard to the proposed strategic objectives and to explicitly highlight the place and role of the forest-sector and of the wood-based industries, in order to achieve the socio-economic and environmental objectives of the Romanian society.

The book and the summary can be downloaded in Romanian by pressing the buttons below or on the website of the Editura Silvica.

The general objective of the study is to substantiate the place and role of the forest-timber sector, and other sectors based on the bio-economy, national energy-climate plans and the fulfilment of Romania’s and all European Union obligations in the coming years, according to the Paris Agreement (2016), the Green Deal and COP 26, with precise targets until 2030 and 2050, respectively, to adapt to climate change and mitigate its effects to neutrality, in terms of sustainable forest management.

In order to achieve the general purpose and objective of the analysis and evaluation of the current and potential contribution of the Forest-Timber sector, the following specific objectives have been proposed for approach:

  • Highlighting the contribution of the wood resources use to socio-economic development, job creation and rural development in the context of positioning the activity of wood-based industries in the green area of taxonomy on sustainability under the Green Deal objectives.
  • Identifying the benefits that wood can bring through the substitution effect and by streamlining the diversification of its use.
  • The contribution of forests and timber to reducing the greenhouse gas balance.
  • The ability of wood to contribute to energy efficiency through the use of wood resources in the context of current concerns.
  • Establishing ways to stimulate the use of wood / wood products through public policies.
  • Analysis of the Forest – Timber sector’s potential to support economic growth and achieve the objectives of European and international policies and strategies.
  • Identify financing sources for the Forest-Timber sector and other specific national and European financial instruments.