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The RERAM project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under the grant agreement no. 609573.

Regions: ENP Eastern Partnership countries

RERAM reaches out to Eastern Partnership countries of the European Neighbourhood Policy programme (ENP EaP). Building on experience from wood cluster regions in Germany (NRW), Austria (Styria) and Poland (Wielkopolska), the project targets complementary regions in the ENP countries Ukraine (Carpathia), Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

 

 

 Figure. European forest map, RERAM regions and partner locations (Click to enlarge)

The project builds on previous collaborations between NRW, Styria and Carpathia, which now reach out to further complementary partner regions.

  • NRW, Styria and Wielkopolska represent hotspot concentrations of the European woodworking industries. As forerunner regions in forest-based sector development, cluster organization and resource efficiency management in wood industries, they intend to demonstrate and pass on their experience to the ENP partners.
  • The Polish partner region, having passed through the transformation from a Post-Soviet country to an EU member state, contributes this special experience to the group and plays the role of an intermediate between Eastern and Western Europe.
  • Carpathia and Moldova are Eastern neighbour countries directly bordering the EU. Carpathia holds the largest forest resources and wood industries of Ukraine. Raw material exports are high while internal value adding of forest products is low.
  • In the Caucasus region, Georgia holds the largest forest resources. Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan are facing similar problems in overexploitation of forest resources and fragmented wood industries.
  • All Eastern partnership regions commonly face challenges of uncontrolled logging, high demand for woodfuel from forests by local population, old and unproductive machinery in wood processing, lacking awareness and knowledge capacity about the problem, a large shadow market linked to weak institutions and thriving corruption in the sector. Efforts to introduce and enforce sustainable resource management practices require further initiative and new approaches.

RERAM fosters mutually beneficial public-private-partnerships between EU member states and ENP countries through the market uptake of research results. It contributes to the achievement of a Common Knowledge and Innovation space between the EU and ENP Eastern Countries through enhancing cooperation between research and innovation actors on both sides. It thus increases the potential of STI cooperation between the EU and ENP countries under the Horizon 2020 and to contribute to the definition of bi-regional programmes on innovation.

 


ENP regions:   Carpathia     Moldova     Georgia     Armenia     Azerbaijan

EU regions:     NRW     Styria     Wielkopolska 

 


Carpathian Region, Ukraine

Carpathian Region, Ukraine

Forests cover around 2.1 mio. ha or 37% of the region (22% of total Ukrainian forests). The forest-based sector counts over 4,300 enterprises, 54,700 employees and 5.7 billion UAH turnover (ca. 560 million EUR) and is significant to the regional economy....


Georgia

Georgia

Georgia (Georgian: Sakartvelo) is a country in the Caucasus region, bounded to by the Black Sea, Russia, Turkey, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. It is a very mountainous country, with the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range forming the northern border. The country...


Moldova

Moldova

RERAM partner: AITT - Agency for Innovation and Technology Transfer


Styria, Austria

Styria, Austria

Styria (German: Steiermark) is a federated state or Bundesland of Austria, located in the southeast, sharing borders with Slovenia. It comprises 16,400 km² and has a population of 1.2 million. The capital Graz counts 265,000 inhabitants. Styria,...


Wielkopolska, Poland

Wielkopolska, Poland

The wood industries count 7,400 companies, dominated by SMEs.The region ranks first among the Polish provinces in terms of employment and sold production. Wielkopolska is a major region for furniture production in the European context. Official webportal:...


North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

of coniferous (52%) and broadleaved tree species (48%). With 600,000 ha or 67%, the share of private forests is higher than in any other federal state (German average: 43%). However, these forests belong to a total of 150,000 private owners and hence...


Armenia

Armenia

Forest sector reforms started in the late 1990s to stop forest degradation, and considerable progress has been made. Yet, the institutional setting is not working effectively to stop illegal logging and corruption continues to thrive. The Annual Allowable...


Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

Nonetheless, national forest restoration programmes are today implemented on a large land area to increase forest cover. More than 450 tree and shrub species grow in the highly diverse Azerbaijani hardwoods forests. The value of forests for the development...