The general objective of the project was to analyse the potentials and practices in utilising local forest resources for high value added production, especially in the border regions of EU. The specific objectives of the project were to:
- survey the current role of the forest sector, especially in terms of income and employment;
- analyse the reasons for the forest sector being successful in creating income and employment opportunities in certain regions and unsuccessful in others;
- elaborate a framework on how forest related income and employment can be increased, to contribute to the vitality of rural areas in Europe; and
- prepare a special report on the project findings regarding North Karelia.