North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

SIMWOOD activities

Regional contacts

German Centre of Forest Work and Forest Technology (KWF)
Nadine Karl ()
Hans-Ulrich Dietz ()


Focus on North Rhine-Westphalia

Read the feature in SIMWOOD's November 2016 newsletter

Find out about:

  • SIMWOOD's work in the region
  • the two pilot projects


Events and presentations


Exhibition, Wood Energy Technology Days, Hofolpe, North Rhine-Westphalia



SIMWOOD project leaflet Deutsch


Wälder als wichtige natürliche Ressource

Ungenutzte Holzressourcen erschliessen


Regional news


Ein teurer Rechnungsfehler oder pure Absicht?
Die Welt


Mehr Holz aus dem Kleinprivatwald? – der Beitrag von SIMWOOD
Deutscher Waldbesitzer


Nadine Karl betreut ab sofort das EU-Projekt SIMWOOD beim KWF


KWF-Thementage zeigen Forsttechnik, -ausrüstung und Verfahren für Kleinwaldflächen


Das Holz wird knapp, Westfälische Nachrichten


Münster mobilisiert Holz in Europa, Münstersche Zeitung


About North Rhine-Westphalia

Area: 34,100 km2
Population: 17.8 million
Forest area: 915,000 ha (27% of land)
Private forests: 600,000 ha (66% of total)
Private forest owners: 150,000
Forest type: Lowland beech forest of southern Scandinavia and north central Europe; mesophytic deciduous forest; plantations of non-native species

Specific situation

  • Major role of privately owned forest (66%, the highest share in Germany), and large unused resource potential.
  • Dense regional concentration of European wood industries (sawmilling, wood-based panels, paper: 25-35% of Germany's forest-based cluster), so strong regional demand for wood raw material.

Main challenges

  • Fragmented forest plots of less than 2 ha.
  • Large-scale impacts of storms - need for climate change adaptation.
  • Lack of incentive - net profit from timber of a forest plot <2 ha equals roughly one family dinner at a restaurant.

Regional initiatives

Clustermanagement Wald und Holz NRW
Informations- und Demonstrationzentrum Holz
Netzwerk Wald und Holz Eifel

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 613762.