Smallholder forest extension in Europe

Since 1990, when privatization began in Central and Eastern Europe, forest ownership patterns have changed considerably. Challenges associated with this trend include the need for significant numbers of private owners to organize themselves; for state forestry services to respond to new demands; and for the institutional framework to adapt to current realities. The projects and publications below present ways in which FAO is addressing these issues.


Strengthening of private and community forestry in selected countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)

FAO has been involved in the strengthening of the private and community forestry sector in Central and Eastern Europe since the beginning of the privatization process. In particular, FAO supports and promotes the introduction and consolidation of participatory forestry processes at all institutional levels as well as the strengthening of institutional frameworks including the adaptation of policies and legislations and the enhancement of forestry services. Specific objectives of this project include:

  • enabling State forest services and the forest services of other organizations to meet the needs of the private and communal forestry sector concerning training, advisory and management support services;
  • enabling and encouraging private forest owners and community users to establish forest owner associations; and
  • integrating essential requirements in the institutional framework to meet the needs of private forest owners and community users.

For more information on this project please visit thePrivate and community forestry in Central and Eastern Europe Web site.

Capacity building for support to private forest owners and public participation in Slovenia

As a result of privatization, Slovenia now has over 250 000 private forest owners, many of whom lack experience in forest management. Hence they are putting significant demands on local forest services staff that lack the skills and experience in dealing and communicating with private owners and other sections of civil society. The objective of this project was to increase the capacity of Slovenian foresters, in both government and non-government sectors, to implement the forest policies and strategies oriented to family forestry, participation and local empowerment.

For more information please read theproject summary.


last updated:  Thursday, January 12, 2006