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MOBSTRAT: Timber mobilization strategies for Swiss forests: Assessing opportunities and constraints

Acronimo MOBSTRAT

Abstract How can we increase the timber supply? What will it cost and what will it bring? In the MOBSTRAT project, researchers from the natural and the social sciences are working together with representatives from forestry, the timber industry and environmental NGOs to find ways to increase timber harvest. Special attention will be paid to reducing the high growing stocks without jeopardising important values such as biodiversity or protection against natural hazards. Background There are approximately 400 million m3 of wood in Swiss forests, of which around five million cubic metres are harvested annually. This shows that the potential of Swiss timber as a renewable resource is not being fully exploited; the long-term potential harvest rate lies at around seven million m3. The harvest rate could be additionally increased significantly if the growing stocks were reduced. However, certain obstacles need to be overcome before more timber can be harvested: Timber harvest is partially at odds with other functions of forests (habitat, recreation, carbon storage, etc.) and interest in increasing harvest has been low until now.

Enti SUPSI coinvolti Istituto sostenibilità applicata all'ambiente costruito

Persone coinvolte Luca Pampuri, Roman Rudel

Responsabili Francesca Cellina

Data di inizio progetto 1 aprile 2012

Data di chiusura progetto 31 marzo 2015

Website http://www.pnr66.ch/E/projects/raw-wood-supply-policies-processes/MOBSTRAT-timber-mobilisation-strategies/Pages/default.aspx

 
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