Clustering Knowledge, Innovation and Design in the SEE Wood Sector,
acronym ID:WOOD, approved within the fourth call of the
SEE Transnational Cooperation Programme
Priority: Facilitation of Innovation and entrepreneurship
Area of Intervention: Develop the enabling environment for innovative
PROJECT START DATE: 1 October 2012
PROJECT DURATION: 24 MONTHS
PROJECT WEBSITE: www.idwood.eu
Partnership: 15 organizations implements the ID:WOOD project , leaded by the Slovenian Forestry Institute. Other partners are INFORMEST, Italy, Wood Industry Cluster, Slovenia, Technological Pole of Pordenone, Italy, Wood Cluster Styria, Austria, Regional Development Agency Centru, Romania, Agency for Sustainable Development and Eurointegration-ECOREGIONS, Bulgaria, Zala County Foundation for Enterprise Promotion, Hungary, Local Development Agency PINS, Croatia, Development Association NERDA, Bosnia and Herzegovina, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Forestry, Serbia, the associated partners, Friuli Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region, Central Directorate for Education, University, Research, Family, Associations and Cooperative Entrepreneurship, Service for Education, University and Research, Italy, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food of the Republic of Slovenia, Slovenia and Ministry of the Economy of the Republic of Slovenia, Slovenia, as well as the 10% partner Tuzla Canton, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
ID:WOOD project comes from the identified lack of organic policy approach required for the sustainable development of the wood sector in the project area as a whole, where the potential of forest resources is significant. Although the situation in all partners’ countries and regions is not one and the same, the low R&D investments and innovation levels and the poor access of SMEs to technology and knowledge and their lack of record of internationalization are prevailing. ID:WOOD project aims to support the sustainable development of the wood sector in the project area by means of promotion and fostering innovation and competitiveness of SMEs. Technical and organizational know-how will be shared and transferred to enable local support organizations (wood clusters, wood tech centers and RDAs) 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 SMEs capacity to implement innovation processes.
Expected 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 on market opportunities.
For more information you are welcome to visit the project website: www.idwood.eu