Our members represent 14 organisations in 10 European countries. Together we aim to to build their capacities in training and education of private forest owners, 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.
Centre national de la propriété forestière
National Forest Ownership Centre (CNPF), France
Established in 2003, CNPF contributes to the development of French forests through advisory and coordination activities, research, training and knowledge dissemination. Its main objectives are to to clarify the public forest policies bringing all the forest development actions related to privately owned forests under a single national body, while maintaining decentralisation at regional level; to improve the consistency of the forest development measures in the areas of applied research, training for forest owners and forest micro-economics; to create closer links between the national technical experts and the extension agents in contact with the forest owners and to optimise the use of public funds.
Centre de la Propietat Forestal
Forest Ownership Centre (CPF), Catalonia
The Forest Ownership Centre (CPF) is a body governed by public law. Its competences include regulating, managing, and providing support for privately owned wooded land, which accounts for 80% of all woodland in Catalonia. CPF encourages SFM by means of forest planning instruments and forestry-related knowledge transfer; provides technical and financial support, calls for and processes EU and regional subsidies for SFM, and encourages joint forestry planning and SFM certification.
Estonian Private Forest Centre
Erametsakeskus is a government foundation under Estonian Ministry of Environment. Its objectives are raising competence of private forest owners and promoting environmentally friendly and effective private forestry. Its main tasks are administrating national and EU subsidies for private forest owners, developing forestry support system and other activities that are related to private forestry. Its staff are experts in forestry, EU policies and subsidies, project management, training etc.
Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague
Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences of the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (FFWS CZU) provides a comprehensive education system at three levels. Nine departments cover the entire field of education, science, and cooperation with practice in the field of forestry and wood processing. The faculty deals with many scientific topics for example forestry, wood industry, ecology, nature protection, zoology, economy, game management, silviculture, taxidermy and many others
Forest Advisory Service Centre, LRATC, Latvia
Forest Advisory Service Center provides information, consultation and training to private forest owners and the society as a whole on forest management issues, as well as offers forest management services to forest owners. Promotes and supports forest owners to obtain EU subsidies for forestry, as well as non-formal education for school children and families about the forest. Informs and trains hunters, hunters’ club leaders and people who want to become hunters.
Forestry Commission, UK
The Forestry Commission is the UK government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woodlands, while increasing their value to society and the environment. It works closely with two agencies:
1. Forestry England manages the Public Forest Estate, which for over 100 years, we have been growing, shaping and caring for over 1,500 of the nation’s forests for the benefit and enjoyment of all, for this generation and the next. They care for more land and trees than any other organisation in England. Shaping landscapes for people, wildlife and timber. We’ve built over 1,800 miles of walking, running and cycling trails, supplying England’s largest amount of sustainably-sourced timber, and conserve the homes of thousands of plants and animals.
2. Forest Research, which is Great Britain’s principal organisation for forestry and tree-related research and is internationally renowned for the provision of evidence and scientific services in support of sustainable forestry.
Institut Européen de la Forêt Cultivée (IEFC)
IEFC is a transnational network of scientific and technical cooperation for the sustainable management of cultivated forests. IEFC brings together more than 30 organizations: research institutes, technical centers, universities, engineering schools, insurance companies, cooperatives and professional organizations. Any legal entity can become a member and participate in networking activities (thematic groups, events), as well as in the setting up and implementation of collaborative research and development projects. IEFC Membership provides access to a broad scientific and technological expertise and privileged contacts.
MAS is a SME founded in 1992 in the Basque Country (Spain) and comprises a team of lawyers specialized in special administrative law, and focused in Environment and Urban Planning. Their aim is to add solutions to environmental and urban problems, sometimes designing specific policies or/and working with the stakeholders involved. Environmental legal-practice comprises the environmental matters that affect the operations from forest, agriculture, construction, energy, mining, manufacturing, and economic activities. Our experience includes a large range of environmental law issues as land claims, mining rights, environmental compliance, regulation, waste and hazardous emissions and legal controls. They are actively involved in European projects in H2020, and Erasmus.
Swedish Forest Agency
The Swedish Forest Agency is the national authority in charge of forest-related issues. Its main function is to promote the kind of management of Sweden’s forests that enables the objectives of forest policy to be attained.
The forest policy places equal emphasis on two main objectives: production goals and environmental goals. As the administrative body in charge of implementing the forest policy, it cooperates with representatives from the forest industries and environmental sector towards the goals of economically and ecologically sustainable forestry.
Finnish Forest Centre
Suomen metsäkeskus is a state-funded extension organisation promoting the use of forest in the whole country. It promotes forestry and related livelihoods, advises landowners on how to care for and benefit from their forests and the ecosystems therein, collects and shares data related to Finland’s forests and enforcing forestry legislation. Their Metsään.fi-eServices offer the latest information directly to forest owners on their properties. The Finnish Forest Centre operates under the guidance of Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
Narodne lesnicke centrum, Slovakia
National Forest Centre
National Forest Centre is a state established semi-budgetary organization established by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic in January 2006. It works in forestry research, forestry consultancy and education, forest management information systems, forest management planning, communication, environmental education and PR in forestry. It has four institutes: Forest Research Institute, Institute for Forest Consulting and Education, Institute for Forest Resources and Information, Forest Management Planning Institute.
Skogbrukets Kursinstitutt / Forestry Extension Institute
Skogkurs provides continuing education and training in the forestry sector and in forestry related fields, as well as to heightens public awareness to the importance of forestry. Skogkurs is a non-governmental organisation founded in 1958. It is a partnership with 37 forestry organisations and scientific institutions as members. Skogkurs employs 20-25 persons, half of them professional foresters and extension specialists.
Teagasc’s Forestry Development Department provides integrated forestry research, advisory and education services which allows for rapid and effective dissemination of research through knowledge transfer and educational initiatives.
Unión de Selvicultores del Sur de Europa (USSE)
Union of Foresters of Southern Europe
USSE is an European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG) uniting forester organisations of Southern Europe. It aims at strengthening of the associative structures of forest ownership in Southern Europe through the development of international and trans-regional cooperation projects, the dissemination of information, and through the organisation of conferences, seminars and other events.