Apply for the next edition of the PhD School on “International Forestry and Global Issues”

PhD School “International Forestry and Global Issues”

May 19th to 23rd, 2014
INRA campus, Champenoux, France

The next edition of the PhD School on “International Forestry and Global Issues” (IFGI) will be held in Champenoux and Nancy, the French capital of forest research and education, from 19 to 23 May 2014. The course is organised by the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), the European Forest Institute Central European Regional Office and the Observatory for European Forests (EFICENT-OEF), and AgroParisTech.

You can register for the PhD School here.

Inter-chair meeting: Forest policy, economics and organization in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Inter-chair meeting was organized in Sarajevo on November 29th, 2013.

Teachers and researchers from the field of forest policy, economics and organization presented their institutions and discussed opportunities for future cooperation.

During the meeting team underlined that achievements of FOPER project should be used as a basis for future cooperation between the institutions. Furthermore, they have also discussed about existing opportunities, work organization and ongoing project proposals.

Ambassador of Finland in Croatia opened the first day of FOPER Steering Committee and Research Comference


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.

Storm at Medvednica mountain


The forests suffered big damage due to he last week storm. Foresters claim that the forest was planed for rejuvenation 20 years ago but this was never done as citizens wanted to keep the old forest. They also said that now nature did what they planned 20 years ago. Yet another challenge for foresters!

FOPER Steering Committee meeting and FOPER Research Conference

The last Research Conference and Steering Committee for FOPER II will be held in Zagreb, Croatia on Monday, November 18 and Tuesday, November 19, 2013.  The events will be held at Hotel Tomislavov dom in Nature Park Medvednica  – .

The meeting sessions are listed below (detailed agenda will be sent to interested participants).

FOPER Research Conference

The FOPER Collaborative Regional Research Teams (CRRTs) will organize the presentations and each will include the general (regional and national) results as well as short presentations on results from each MSc or PhD research project. In addition, we will organize poster session to present FOPER MSc and PhD research projects.

ll FOPER Alumni Reception

Reception is organize in order to establish lasting Alumni network  and develop some plans for staying connected in the future.  We hope that there will be many future generations of FOPER and that you will be ready to welcome them to the FOPER Alumni Group.

Open Discussion on the FOPER Project Report and Evaluation Report with the FOPER Steering Committee

Parallel sessions

  • The FOPER Steering Committee formal decision making session
  • CRRT teams meetings on future research and collaborations

Final Plenary

Discussion on SC decisions, ideas for future collaborations, and next steps.

2nd week of EFI’s Winter Summer School started in Pichl Schloss, Austria

Over 25 students and teachers gathered at beautiful Pichl Schloss for 2nd week of EFI’s Winter and Summer School.

EFI's Winter Summer School participants

EFI’s Winter Summer School participants

After the introductory meeting, group had a field trip to the nearby farm and company for avalanche prevention and control and OBF. During the visit to the farm students had opportunity to learn about multiple use of forest resource and both direct and indirect values coming from that resource.
Discussion with the OBF and staff responsible for the avalanche control and prevention provided insights to decision making processes, conflicts and negotiations related to the forest management.

At the start of the second day student groups presented their work on forest values. First speaker at the WSS was Dr. Franz Hochtl, landscape ecologist. He spoke about values and services of traditional rural landscapes and wilderness in the Alps. World cafe was the main item on day two with the presenter Dr. Franz Hochtl and 4 practice speakers from different stakeholder groups (authority, education, practice…).

Third day was dedicated to the economic values of forests with Robert Mavsar and Walter Sekok. They spoke about economic valuation of forest goods and services and sustaining of income from mountain forests.

Historical values of forests and research design were discussed on day four of Winter Summer School. Participants also had opportunity to meet Bernhard Wolfslehner, head of EFICEEC-EFISEE Regional Office.

The last day at EFI’s Winter Summer School is dedicated to students. They are presenting their group work and also working and planning the next steps for their joint paper.

Painting the forest values:

Topics of group presentations:

  • Tourism as an opportunity for additional income for forest owners
  • Forest actors response to the adaptive forest management
  • Prospective study of intensively managed forest landscapes
  • Understanding environmental conflicts: Case studies of Aquitaine, France and Styria, Austria
  • Understanding the relations between people’s values and their connectivity to nature