Overijssel and Gelderland, the Netherlands

SIMWOOD activities

Regional contacts

Biomass Technology Group BV
Patrick Reumerman ()

Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek, Alterra
Gert-Jan Nabuurs ()



Focus on Overijssel and Gelderland

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


The Netherlands and the biobased economy, Wageningen
To achieve the biomass goals of the Energy Agreement vision and policies are needed to mobilize biomass


Presentation to Ministry of Economic Affairs


Presentation to Harbour of Rotterdam


Presentation to province of Drenthe


Presentation to province of Noord-Brabant


Presentation to Eneco


Regional news


'Meer houtoogst in Europa en Nederland', De Bosbouw

[Short summary in English: We note that while the state of the forests in the Netherlands is improving, harvesting is still significantly below the annual increment, which leads to an aging forest. The activities of SIMWOOD are mentioned and that we seek to increase mobilisation while taking other interests (nature, biodiversity) into account.]


Verslag van de workshop 'Nederland en de biobased economy'


Simwood moet beschikbaarheid hout verbeteren


Project Simwood werkt aan houtopbrengst


About Overijssel and Gelderland

Area: 8,557 km2
Population: 3.1 million
Forest area: 129,000 ha
Private forests: 41,000 ha
Private forest owners: many
Forest type: Hemiboreal forest, nemoral coniferous and mixed broadleaved-coniferous forest (Scots pine); mesophytic deciduous forest (Pendunculate Oak); plantations and self-sown exotic forest

Specific situation

  • Strong regional demand for wood raw material.
  • Unused resource potential in forests and small-scale plots.
  • High maintenance costs.
  • Main forest functions are wood production, recreation and value of landscape, the high population density requires a balance between all functions.


Main challenges

  • Many different and small scale forest and biomass owners, large spatial and temporal variations.
  • Too many stakeholders work individually.
  • Each organisation has its own collection structure.
  • Local forest resource supply does not match local bioenergy demand.
  • Landscape maintenance is expensive, but necessary to maintain a valuable landscale and to ensure a sustainable supply of biomass.

Regional initiatives

Biomassamakelaar Overijssel
Rentmeester Binnenveld
LAP Achterhoek

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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.