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Serbian – German Cooperation in the Forestry Sector

Forests are a significant natural resource of Serbia, covering 2.2 million hectares, or 30% of the country, supplying more than 7 million m² of the natural raw material of wood every year, a source for the wood and furniture industry. 3 million m² are used for energy. At the beginning of the cooperation between the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management (MAFWM) and the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) in 2014, Serbia was hit by heavy and prolonged rainfall that caused extreme flooding, erosion and landslides. This led to considerable, extensive damage to the forests and the forest infra-structure. The Serbian Ministry has identified two challenging issues for which cooperation with Germany is now contributing to a substantially improved ecological, economic and socially sustainable forestry. The two following projects of technical assistance are formed and implemented between 2015 and 2019.

Project 1: Management Planning

Development of innovative
forest management planing
in Serbia  

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Project 2: Training

Promotion of Vocational and
Practical Postgraduate Training
in the Serbian Forestry Sector

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The two projects are coping with two key challenging issues:

Theme 1: Forest management planning, monitoring and management practices

Addressing deficiencies in these areas can effectively help optimize the economic functions of forests and address current challenges such as strengthening ecosystem services in the forest. Theme 1 was developed during the first cooperation project between 2015 and August 2017.

Theme 2: Vocational training and practical postgraduate training programs:

These are deficiencies in the technical qualifications of the staff responsible for planning and operational implementation (engineers, forest technicians, forestry workers). Without modern, practice-oriented education and training for all professional levels, the implementation of improved management concepts is not possible. The improvement of post-graduate training, the systematic training of forest workers and the improvement of the practical relevance of curricula at all levels are now the subject of the second cooperation project (2017-2019).