The European Network of Forest Extension Organisations (FOREXT) was officially launched on 1 October 2019. However, joint activities and planning started already in 2017.
We aim to help our members to build their capacities in training and education of private forest owners, by supporting the development of their associations, inventorying and marking of private forests, preparation of forest management plans for private forests, enforcement of forest legislation in private forests, providing subsidies for more sustainable forest management, organizing sale of wood from private forests, capacity building for private forestry, etc.
We bring the network together twice a year to discuss our work and to learn from one another. In 2018 we met in Bonn, Germany and in Bilbao, Spain. In 2019, the meetings were held in Montpellier, France and Helsinki, Finland. Due to COVID-19, the plans to meet in May 2020 in Carlow, Ireland, have been postponed.