Inter-professional organisations, a regional issue
As a real tool for governance, inter-professional organisations standardize and represent the interests of different players within the same sector of the agri-food sector. With this in mind, last June, in Bruges, Gironde, the Fibois Nouvelle-Aquitaine sector was created with five territorial locations: Bordeaux Métropole, Pau, Périgueux, Niort, Tulle, which have 436 members. A member of France Bois Regions, Fibois Nouvelle-Aquitaine responds to a strategy of coordinating the wood sector, a real profession of the future.
The importance of regional interprofessionalism
The recent creation of FIBOIS Nouvelle-Aquitaine, which is none other than the regional interprofessional sector of the Forest Wood Paper sector, shows the importance of interprofessionalism. It aims to unite all the players in a sector in a place of dialogue to design a common future. The recognized interprofessionals are the aquaculture, forest wood, fruit, vegetables, large crops, milk, meats, wines and spirits. Interprofessionalism therefore mainly concerns the agricultural sector. Given that New Aquitaine is the first agricultural region in France and that agri-food companies form the first industrial sector, inter-professionalism is an area of interest for New Aquitaine. 90% privately owned, the regional forest had 250,000 landowners in 2012, managing 2.6 million hectares.
Thus, the Agreste lists five main functions played by interprofessional organizations. These include representing the sector to policy makers, setting up quality standards and research and development. Inter-professional structures also promote the connection with the downstream of the sectors, thus allowing a better functioning of agricultural development agricultural development. The FIBOIS interprofessional is thus engaged in awareness-raising and promotional activities to create the automatism “build wood” in structure and/or coating, in the largest number, professionals and individuals.
Wood, a profession of the future
In New Aquitaine, the forest occupies a third of the regional territory. With 1 million hectares planted with 80% maritime pines, the Massif des Landes de Biscay is the largest in Western Europe.
New Aquitaine is responsible for a quarter of national production, which is divided into 50% lumber, 40% industrial timber and 10% energy wood. 60% of the volume (excluding energy wood) is made up of maritime pine, making it a supply of jobs. Thus, 56,300 employees work in the 28,300 companies in the sector, which have a turnover of 9.7 billion euros, of which 1.6 billion are exported. Thus, with these figures, the Forest Wood Paper sector is decidedly promising. As the second largest employer in the Region, it continues to create jobs, including in rural areas. From an environmental point of view, FIBOIS is involved in the preservation and sustainable management of forests, respecting the life cycle of the tree.
As such, the new interprofessional FIBOIS has put in place a roadmap until 2012, shared by the Region and the State, in order to establish coordination with the strategic issues identified in the Regional Forest Forest Plan concluded in 2019. In practical terms, it involves the collective problems of the sector into an action plan. These actions include the maintenance of construction and enhancement missions for wood material, the organisation of events to animate the network of professionals, the development of structuring projects such as the establishment of observatories, or the attractiveness of trades…
In the early 1960s, the creation of inter-professionals was aimed at encouraging actors to organize themselves to participate in the regulation of the sectors. With this new merger of the interprofessional wood sector, inter-professional structures demonstrate that they are not extinct or gone out of fashion. In New Aquitaine, FIBOIS is thus committed to proudly promoting the colours of wood, an economic and societal issue insofar as wood is a product by nature organic, produced locally.