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About the Network

Initial situation

Cluster-study for the municipality of Arnsberg

A study was contracted to the International Institute for Forest Ecosystem Management and Timber Utilisation (Internationales Institut für Wald und Holz NRW) in order to support the results of the survey and to highlight the strengths but also the weaknesses of the cluster and to show strategies to tackle possible weaknesses. The institute had already compiled a study for North Rhine-Westphalia as a whole (Clusterstudie Forst & Holz) which served as a basis for cluster management in South-Westphalia. The study showed that the sector including Forest, Forestry and Timber Industry had a turnover of 35 Billion Euro in the year 2001 as well as approximately 260,000 employees. This clearly highlights the sector´s importance for the labour market and economic policy in North Rhine-Westphalia. Government and local population have so far, however, only perceived this sector to be of minor importance.

The study for Arnsberg has captured and evaluated the entire cluster. The structural parameters of the cluster have been elevated, development trends, potentials and opportunities identified and suitable projects were shown in order to demonstrate to the citizens of Arnsberg the societal significance of the forest and with it the quality of life.

The economic importance of the separate fields within this sector have been outlined in several workshops with representatives from forestry, the timber industry and the tourism sector. Furthermore, different possibilities for the development of a cluster-profile were discussed.

The results of the study were published in October 2005. A summary can be found here (pdf, 92 KB).

Following a council resolution the next step should be the establishment of an active network to strengthen the local economy and to call attention to Arnsberg as a location.

The Forest and Timber Network Arnsberg

Communication about the most important issues in the section Forest and Timber will be ensured through this web site. Furthermore, the active co-operation of all cluster members is aimed at in order to pursue the development strategies suggested in the cluster-study. A number of businesses and institutions have already been secured as network supporters.

Interested parties are welcome to contact the project advisor from the local authority Klaus Fröhlich.