On the 21 September 2018, HD Forest Estonia celebrated its Anniversary by organising a forestry conference - “Modern Forest Practices in Different Countries. Estonian Forestry IT Innovation”. There were about 150 participants from Estonia. First part of the conference concentrated on best practices in different countries: Denmark, France, USA and Brazil. The presentations gave us a good idea about investments, history, best practices etc. Second part was a panel discussion where Estonian Forestry IT developer discussed the future innovation in forestry.
Some highlights from the conference:
Various forest IT developers from Estonia, one person from the Estonian Land Board and one person from the Estonian Environment Agency.
A quite important issue in forestry is the cutting capacity. How big it is and is the data accurate etc.? IT developers asked the question: do we actually need to know, how much timber was harvested yesterday?
There were discussions about drones, LIDAR, co-operation between state, landowners, universities and forest companies. One of the main conclusions was that there would not be any big jumps in software technologies in the near future. All big improvements are coming in small steps. Focus is on automatisation, less manual input.