The TreProX Project

 

This project aims to create the foundation for an emerging small-scale, forest-based industry in Iceland by learning from experiences of other Scandinavian partners. 

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TreProX on Swedish Radio

TreProX on Swedish Radio

On Wednesday the 1st of June a reporter from the Swedish Radio (Sveriges radio) came to the forest and took interviews with some of the participants of the project. The interview is in Swedish but it can be listened to here:...

Another busy day in Sweden

Another busy day in Sweden

Wednesday 1st of June Visit to Fredrik Gustafsson forest farm On the third day of the Swedish workshop the TreProX group met up with Dan Johansson and Fredrik Gustafsson at Fredrik‘s farm. Fredrik told the group about the farm, which is abou 1000 hectares, whereof the...

About the project

This project aims to create the foundation for an emerging small-scale, forest-based industry in Iceland by learning from experiences of other Scandinavian partners. 

The Agricultural University of Iceland and the Iceland Forest Service have followed closely the forest development in Iceland over past decades. The history of forestry in Iceland is rather short since the first woods were only planted about 100 years ago. But growing timber for harvesting only began around the 1980s, when farmers started planned forestry with governmental support schemes. 

Today – 40 years later it has become an urgent matter to formulate and implement coordinated quality assessment guides for the main tree species used in Icelandic forestry. 

The creation of wood-processing knowledge on an Iceland-specific level will be the foundation to kick off this development. Wider possibilities of using Icelandic quality timber will also serve to make the forest industry more sustainable. Therefore a main outcome of this innovative project will be to build up wood-processing education in Iceland and furthermore transfer and adapt existing European timber standards to Icelandic circumstances in close cooperation with experienced partners from countries with a long wood processing history (Sweden and Denmark).

The exciting training and teaching materials from Denmark and Sweden will be updated and adapted to Icelandic circumstances. All of the materials will be adjusted to digital learning principles. 

Further project outcome will be the revision of a curriculum that enables the transfer of Icelandic lessons learned from kickstarting commercial timberlands to third countries who are facing similar challenges.