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Project status:  active
Project Leader: dr. Jožica Gričar
Department: Department of Forest Yield and Silviculture
Project group:
Partners: Lead Partner
Slovenian Forestry Institute (SFI), Slovenia

Project Partners
  • Infromest, Italy
  • Wood Industry Cluster (WIC), Slovenia
  • Technology Centre of Pordenone (POLO PN), Italy
  • Wood Cluster Styria (HCS), Austria
  • Regional Development Agency centru (ADRC), Romania
  • Agency for Sustainable Development and Eurointegration-ECOREGIONS (ASDE), Bulgaria
  • Zala Country Foundation for Enterprise Promotion (ZMVA), Hungary
  • Local Development Agency Pins (PINS), Croatia
  • Development Association NERDA (NERDA), Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • University of Belgrade, Faculty of Forestry (SFB), Serbia
  • Friuli Venezia Giulia autonomous region, Service for education,university and research (RAFVG), Italy
  • Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment of the Republic of Slovenia (MKO), Slovenia
  • Ministry of Economic Development and Technology of the Republic of Slovenia(MGRT), Slovenia
  • Tuzla Canton, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management (MPŠV TK), Bosnia and Herzegovina

With its surplus of forests resources the wood sector in the SEE area presents significant potentials still to be exploited. In most of SE Europe countries, wood sector is rather fragmented, lacking an organic policy approach that would create the basic conditions for its development.

However, some countries in this area managed to develop their sectoral potentials reaching levels of excellence, while other countries still struggle to tune up the right support approach. Wood sector is showing very low R&D investments and scarce innovation levels in most of the involved countries. SMEs lack access to technology and knowledge and record a poor internationalization. Sector data show significant opportunities for recovery by reducing gaps in terms of productivity and capital formation.

IDWOOD aims to promote and foster innovation and competitiveness of SMEs in the wood sector in the SEE area by sharing and transferring technical and organizational know-how to enable local support organizations to address structural deficits of SMEs and enhance innovation potentials.

Project objectives: building up and consolidating transnational network of wood-furniture clusters, wood technology centres, RDAs and knowledge poles; fostering innovation skills in the wood sector supporting structures; creating new functions and competencies on design, intellectual property and environmental issues; bridging gaps between the productive sector and knowledge poles; rising SME capacity to implement innovation processes.
Results: improved capacities of support organisations; transnational cooperation between support organisations, knowledge poles and productive sector; increased information flow towards SMEs; innovation, design and knowledge transferred to SMEs; sustainability of the transnational network/support system and SMEs cooperation after project end; increased knowledge of market opportunities.


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