At the opening ceremony of day one of the FOPER Steering Committee and Research Conference, ambassador Timo Rajakangas expressed his satisfaction that Finnish government supported this excellent achievement in capacity building.
The first day of the meeting is dedicated to research. Six FOPER Collaborative Regional Research team are presenting their projects.
Mrs. Silvija Krajter Ostoic presented the results of the collaborative regional research project Citizens and urban forest governance in SEE: case studies in selected cities - FORCITY The project was coordinated by the Croatian Forest Research Institute and implemented in 7 cities in SEE- Zagreb, Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Belgrade, Novi Sad, Podgorica and Skopje. The project outputs include IUFRO conference “Forests for Cities, Forests for People- Perspectives on Urban Forest Governance” that took place in Zagreb, 27-28 September 2012 and gathered 80 participants from 20 countries. Furthermore, outputs include one doctoral dissertation related to analysis of urban forest governance in the city of Zagreb, and 11 master theses. Mrs. Biljana Stojanova presented her thesis about visitors’ preferences related to park forest Vodno in Skopje, and Mrs. Alisa Polic presented her thesis based on the public involvement in decision making related to nature monument Vrelo Bosne in Sarajevo.
Second set of presentations in the morning session was about Opportunities for Wood Energy Production from Small Scale Forests in the SEE Region - WESSPROFOR project. Dr. Stjepan Posavec presented general outcomes from the project. After general results, Ms. Marta Curman and Mr. Dragan Jankov presented their theses. Both theses were written within the WESSPROFOR project.
The last set of presentation in the morning session presented the Hunters attitude, motivation and behaviour related to participation in hunting in Southeast Europe - HUNTING project. Dr. Nenad Petrovic presented the general results of the project and Mr. Vladimir Nikolic presented his master thesis which will be formally defended in september.
The afternoon session started with Entrepreneurship, markets and marketing of Non Timber Forest Products in SEE region – NTFP project. Dr. Makedonka Stojanovska presented the results of the project, as well as, junior researchers involved in the implementation. Two of them, Vladimir Stojanovski and Vaska Nedanovska presented their theses. Vladimir is a PhD student at BOKU and Vaska graduated from FOPER II MSc program.
Governance assessment in the management of protected areas in the South Eastern European region (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Serbia) – PAGOV project presentation by Dr. Radovan Nevenic started with the list of all contributors for the project. Dr. Nevenic express his gratitude to all contributors for the project. Ilija Djordjevic and Zoran Poduska continued to present general result of the project.
The last presentation of the day one was done by Dr. Mersudin Avdibegovic. He presented The adaptation of national forest policy systems in South-East European countries (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Serbia) to new modes of international forest governance – GOVOR project results. After general results of GOVOR project, Ms. Senka Mutabdzija presented her thesis.
More information about FOPER research projects you can find here.