Over the coming months the Scottish Forest and Timber Technologies Leadership Group will be working with the sector and other areas of industry to refresh the forest and timber industry strategy.
There will be opportunities to engage with the process through the regional industry events.
The Scottish forest and timber industries are a modern, growing
sector with sustainability at its core that is making an
increasingly valuable contribution to Scottish society, economy and
environment. It has the potential to double that contribution
within a generation.
A strategy for the sector "Roots for Future Growth" was drawn up
in 2011 setting out how this could be done in the face of
significant challenges - and the benefits to be achieved.
The industry has made substantial progress since then and new
opportunities continue to emerge. In 2015/16 the Industry
Leadership Group will be reveiwing and updating the strategy,
refreshing the strategic direction and drawing up an action plan
The Roots for Future Growth headline objectives remain the
Wherever possible actions will be taken forward in collaboration
with existing groups and organisations but where required task
groups will be set up to develop and deliver specific activities
and projects.These task groups will be time bound and disbanded at
the conclusion of thier task
So far it has been agreed to set up four task groups
Skills Agenda: This group will work closely
with Skills Development Scotland and partners to create, support
and deliver a Skills Investment Plan for the Forest and Timber
Product Innovation and Market Development of Timber in
Construction: This group will help identify and prioritise
the products and markets that could make most impact on delivering
economic growth and carbon benefits for Scotland through th
innovative use of timber products in construction.
Timber Supply Chain Efficiencies: this
group will initially consider, identify and provide guidance where
technology transfer or accelerated adoption of technology has the
potential to achieve significant supply chain efficiencies and
deliver increased safety performance for the sector.
Biotechnology and Nanotechnology: This group
will oversee and provide guidanc eon the necessary research and
development required for the industry to fully understand the
vaibility of forestry produce as a feedstock for the biotechnology
and nanotechnology sector.
For more information on the developing strategy and action plan
The 2011-2014 Roots to Future Growth can be downloaded
Representatives of the Forest and Timber industries
present the strategy to Jim Mather MSP, Minister for
Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, The Scottish Government in
A Strategy for Scotland's Forest & Timber Sector
The Scottish Government and Forestry Commission Scotland developed an overarching strategy for the wider role forests have in society.