Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Hujala, Teppo
Organisation University of Eastern Finland
Project title Small diameter wood utilization with innovative stand management for multifunctional forests and a growing sustainable bio-economy
Decision No. 326614
Decision date 25.01.2019
Funding period 01.02.2019 - 31.01.2022
Funding 104 000
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Project description
The overall objective of the SMALLWOOD is to develop and evaluate new technologies and business and operational models that can support a sustainable management and utilization of different types of small diameter wood. This will be achieved by optimising and testing new Harvesting and Extraction Innovations and systems in four European countries (Sweden, Finland, Slovenia and Spain). Specifically, SMALLWOOD tests and analyses multi-tree harvesting technique, boom-corridor thinning, and combined harvesting and chipping. The project employs field experiments, innovation uptake analysis, and overall sustainability impact assessment. The project will contribute to the transforming of the global economy from a dependence on fossil fuels and non-renewable materials to a sustainable bio-based economy. SMALLWOOD brings together technique and working method developments with forest owner motivation as well as SME business development, environmental impacts and forest fire risk mitigation.