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The European State Forest Association (EUSTAFOR) represents state forest companies, enterprises and agencies that have sustainable forest management (SFM) and sustainable wood production as major concerns. The Association currently has 30 members in 22 European countries. More about Eustafor.

Forestry News

Metsähallitus (Finland): 10,000 protected cultural heritage sites spanning 10,000 years - major Metsähallitus project concluded at the end of 2015

3 February 2016

Between 2010 and 2015, Metsähallitus carried out a field survey of cultural heritage sites in multiple-use forests owned by the Finnish government. The project was part of the National Forest Programme 2015. Nearly four million hectares of managed forests, forest land of low productivity and non-productive land were surveyed. The project was the largest field survey of cultural heritage in the history of Finland, and the first to identify and protect in the forests the cultural heritage of later periods.


Inform-Prioritize-Collaborate on Forestry related Innovation

3 February 2016

The European State Forest Association (EUSTAFOR) in cooperation with the ERIAFF Network, EFI, CEPF, COPA-COGECA, ERRIN, EUROMONTANA hosted the second edition of the workshop “Inform-Prioritize-Collaborate: Cooperation of Regions on Innovation in Forest Management, Use of Wood and Forest-Related Services.”
About 100 participants from countries all over Europe attended the workshop that took place on 29 January 2016 in the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union in Brussels. 
Based on the innovation challenges defined at the first workshop in 2014, this meeting aimed to support innovation in forest management and the use of wood and forest related services by offering a platform for the actors and stakeholders to present and exchange ideas.
EUSTAFOR’s Executive Director, Piotr Borkowski, welcomed the participants on behalf of EUSTAFOR and underlined the importance of innovation in a changing environment. European state forest management organizations support research and innovation both in silvicultural operations and new end uses for wood. This is seen as an essential investment which will allow us to both create and meet future growth in demands from society as well as industry. 
Following the European Commission’s presentations of the European framework for innovation in forestry, the workshop focused on practical cases and project ideas from European Regions. Inspirational cases of Operational Groups of the European Innovation Partnerships on Agricultural Sustainability and Productivity (EIP AGRI) were presented by France, Italy, Norway and Spain. The cases showed practical ideas on tackling forest-related challenges through innovation and cross-sectoral collaboration.
During brokerage sessions participants had the opportunity to meet with many experts and regional actors to learn from other operational groups or to find partners for cooperation.
The event provided a good opportunity to bring together potential stakeholders to improve their project ideas and showed what the Regions are planning, or what they have already implemented, to inspire other territories to make use of available measures and to establish cross-border cooperation.
For more information about the workshop click here.


Metsähallitus (Finland): Giant truck saves money and nature during timber transport 

14 January 2016

Europe's largest vehicle combination has begun transporting timber in Lapland. The 104-tonne giant operated by Ketosen Kuljetus transports Metsähallitus' timber from Inari to Rovaniemi.

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The Programme of the Netherlands Presidency of the Council of the European Union and Its Relevance for European Forests

14 January 2016

For the first half of this year the Netherlands will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It will focus on four key areas: migration and international security, Europe as an innovator and job creator, sound finances and robust Eurozone, and a forward-looking policy on climate and energy. The Netherlands published the national programme for their Presidency on 6 January 2016.

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Announcements Events

ENRD Workshop: Financing Opportunities for Projects in Agriculture and Rural Areas
Hosted by DG AGRI and the ENRD in Brussels, Belgium
23 February 2016
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2nd EU Energy Summit: "What developments for EU Energy Policy in the Wake of COP21"
Hosted by Business Bridge Europe and the European Business Summit in Brussels, Belgium
23 February 2016
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Conference: "The Future of Forestry and Wood Processing Industries in Bosnia and Herzegovina"
Hosted by the Herzegbosnian Forests and the Croatian Wood Cluster in Kupres, Bosnia and Herzegovina
25 - 26 February 2016
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ThinkForest (EFI) event: "Climate policy after COP21: Implications for the European forest-based sector"
Hosted by Elisabeth Köstinger (MEP) in Brussels, Belgium
15 March 2016
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38th Session Joint FAO/UNECE Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management
Hosted by FAO/UNECE in Geneva, Switzerland
23 - 24 March 2016
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Award Ceremony of the European Tree of the Year 2016
Hosted by the European Landowners' Organization the Environmental Partnership Association in Brussels, Belgium
20 April 2016
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European State Forest Conference 2016
Hosted by the Forestry Commission in the Lake District, United Kingdom
21-23 June 2016

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UNECE-FAO Forest Communicators Network Meeting
Hosted by the UNECE-FAO Forest Communicators Network in Portland, Oregon, USA
29 August - 01 September 2016
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European Bioenergy Future Conference: "Where Market & Policy Meet"
Hosted by the European Biomass Association in Brussels,  Belgium
16 November 2016

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