COST FP 1201 FACESMAP – 5th Joint MC and WG Meeting with Travellab, Zagreb, Croatia

The 5th Joint MC and WG Meeting with Travellab started today in Zagreb Croatia. Prior to the official opening, participants from TS Umea had planning meeting on presenting the results to the FACESMAP meeting participants.

Dijana Vuletic from Croatian Forest Research Institute and Stjepan Posavec From Faculty of Forestry / University of Zagreb welcomed the participants. Chair of the action, Gerhard Weiss presented the short plan of activities, including time plan, activities, etc.


TS Umeå participants




A lot of familiar FOPER faces

Successful closing of the Second CAPABAL TS “Research design: Focus on Delphi method and Social Network Analysis”

Professor Spela Pezdevsek Malovrh closed the TS after group presentations. In total 18 participants successfully completed all tasks given by the trainers.

COST TN 1401 CAPABAL Second training school in Ljubljana, Slovenia

“Research Design: A focus on DELPHI method and Social Network Analysis”

Second COST TN 1401 CAPABAL Training School is organized in Ljubljana, Slovenia from May 26th to May 29th 2015. First day of the program was dedicated to research design. Participant had opportunity to work with professor Davide Pettenella and discuss the issues related to preparation of research synopsis, publishing the research paper, etc. The last session of the day was held by professor Margaret Shannon. The session was focused on research design and preview of experiences in social research.

From the day two participants continued to work with Riccardo Da Re and Marko Lovric (FOPER graduate) on participative approach, DELPHI method and Social Network Analysis.image image

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.