Rhône-Alpes Auvergne, a strategic region for Eurobois

A vibrant, buoyant region in the timber & wood sector

Energy shift and climate change issues have thrust the sector into the limelight, and timber and forestry in the Auvergne-Rhône Alpes region is now the focus of everyone’s attention. And so it should be. Timber is a renewable, locally available resource offering high performance in many end uses, whereas the forest itself fulfils vital ecological and recreational services whose value is simply begging to be promoted.

With over a third of the region’s lands covered by a wide diversity of forests, and with 18.000 businesses providing 66,000 jobs, the forestry-timber sector in Auvergne-Rhône Alpes (France’s second biggest forestry region) is an outstanding seam of potential. Auvergne Rhône-Alpes is France’s first region for timber conversion and third for yearly harvest with roughly 5 million cubic metres.

A new policy is being worked on for the regions. It must concretize the key issues, like supporting forest owners with an incentive to group together and improve their forest management, like assisting in the modernization of forest exploitation companies and sawmills, and adapting and enhancing tree populations.

This policy currently costs 8 million euros a year, two-thirds going to investment. It is being drawn up in close association with the Regional Timber and Forestry programme, the regional derivative of the national orientation for development in the sector.

The issue: to implement a strategy and priorities, shared between the sector’s active parties and the finance houses, by the end of 2016. Eurobois will be a great occasion for showcasing these resources and promoting as well as demonstrating the vitality of a sector that is confronting major issues, is undergoing modernization, and has a huge number of outlets.

Source: Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region & www.boisdauvergne.com