EFFORTE

Efficient forestry by precision planning and management for sustainable environment and cost-competitive bio-based industry

Summary

Forests and forestry will play a key role in making a European bio-based economy a reality. By applying modern technology to forestry techniques, the EFFORTE project will improve efficiency and sustainability throughout the entire forest-based value chain within EU.

EFFORTE recognises that, like many businesses, forestry can be viewed as a chain of events over a long of time. As such, it can be improved using data analysis approaches that can optimise each stage adding value step-by-step and as a whole. In addition, deploying geographic information systems in combination with information about stand and soil properties, EFFORTE will help increase revenues and production while reducing undesirable environmental impacts.

The EFFORTE project is based around three core elements of technology and know-how covering the fundamentals of soil mechanics. Firstly, seeking to avoid soil disturbances, accelerate machine mobility and assess persistence of soil compaction and rutting. Secondly, improving the productivity and efficiency in silvicultural operations in tree planting and young stand-cleaning operations. Finally it seeks to develop precision forestry based on data analysis (‘big data’) to increase cost-efficiency and boost new business opportunities.

Description

Objectives: 
  • To develop and adopt novel technology and tools that improve efficiency and sustainability of forestry and throughout the entire forest based value chain within EU.
  • To develop scientifically firm and techno-economically feasible methodology to predict trafficability of the given forest stands prior to forest operations.
  • To increase forest growth and achieve a step forward in the productivity of tree planting and young stand management by accelerating technology development, testing of new innovative solutions and supporting adoption of new tools and methods.
  • To develop, customize and pilot modern ‘Big data’ solutions that will increase productivity, decrease negative environmental impact and facilitate realization of a sustainable, competitive and efficient forestry through the whole forestry chain.
Expected impacts: 
  • Improving the efficiency in silviculture and harvesting operations
  • Improving accessibility to wood resources leading to a significant increase in productivity in forest operations over a representative period of time: a 1% annual increase in forest growth, projected on a 20 year period, would yield 22% increase with respect to the original volume, roughly equivalent to 2 years of forest growth gained
  • Increasing forest operations output while reducing negative environmental impacts: reducing soil disturbance, more efficiently performed thinning and/or more efficiently extracted logging residues
  • Reducing fuel consumption in the forest harvesting process by at least 15%