The project will contribute to an “ecological, economic and socially sustainable forest management in Serbia as the development goal. The project objectives are implementation of the vocational training and practical postgraduate training programs for relevant professional groups and the officially approved Improved FMP and Monitoring Methodology as well as the Management Guidelines as integrated part in vocational training and practical postgraduate training programs


Background

The background for this assignment are two main challenges of the Serbian forestry sector, identified by the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management (MAFWM)  at the start of the cooperation between the Serbian and German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) in 2014. According to the MAFWM political changes in the region and country have led to a situation in which the Serbian forestry is still confronted with poor framework conditions. These conditions make it difficult to implement a modern forest management system reflecting the new developments. The challenges in this area have been attributed to two keythemes:

Theme 1 Forest management planning, monitoring and management practices
Theme 2 Vocational training and practical postgraduate training programs for relevant professional groups, which will be addressed in this assignment

One additional, third theme is part of the solution to overcome deficits addressed in theme 1 and 2: Know-how transfer via long-term partnerships between Serbian and German institutionson the topic.


Methods

This bilateral technical cooperation project will be implemented covering five Fields of Activity (FoA), as described in chapter 2.1, which fall into three themes.The first two themes are directly addressed in the project objectives: Vocational training and practical postgraduate training as well as the first implementation steps for the Improved FMP and Monitoring Methodology as well as the Management Guidelines.

Theme 1: Forest management planning, monitoring and management practices

  • FoA 1: Final elaboration and formal approval of the innovative FMP and monitoring methodology and the management guidelines

Theme 2: Vocational training and practical postgraduate training programs for relevant professional groups

  • FoA 2: Development and implementation of a licensing procedure for forest engineers by the forestry chamber
  • FoA 3: Improvement of the vocational training of forest technicians
  • FoA 4: Improvement of basic professional knowledge of forest workers

Theme 3: Know-how transfer via long-term partnerships between Serbian and German institutions

  • FoA 5: Promotion of long-term partnerships between Serbian and German institutions on the topic

Project activities plan

The following figure presents the five Fields of Activities listing the individual activities intheir rough chronological - logical sequence. Activitieswill be planned and implemented in flexible manner, ensuringtight coordination between the different content-related FoA to profit from synergies and avoid overloading the involved stakeholders. The consortium proposes amethodology ofimplementationthatis flexible and can be adapted tothe needs, realities and capacities of the partner.

 activities


The consortium

Implementation

The company election for the implementation of the project is defined based on public invitation of the competent Ministry of Germany. UNIQUE forestry and land use GmbH in partnership with public company Hessen-Forst is elected for the main implementer of the project. UNIQUE forestry and land use GmbH is firm that is specialized in natural resources management with a focus on forestry and wooden industry. UNIQUE GmbH is founded in 1998. with a seat in Freiburg. Since its foundation it participated in a successful realization of the over 550 short term and long term projects in more than 60 countries of the world.

Public company Hessen-Forst is founded in 2001. by Government of the province Hesen. The owner of the Hesen-Forst company is the Hesen state. Beside the state, communal and private forests management, Hesen-Forst company is active though its consultant firm „International Consultants“ since 2004. on international market.


Project holder

  Ministerium für Landwirtschaft und Umwelt der Republik Serbien
 BMEL Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft (BMEL)

Operating partners

UNIQUE  Public company “Srbijašume”
VSume logo  Public company “Vojvodinašume"

 

sumarska komora

 

Forestry Chamber

 


UNIQUE  UNIQUE forestry and land use GmbH, Germany
 Hessenforst Landesbetrieb “Hessen-Forst”, Germany

 

Project coordination

Axel Weinreich and
Nenad Petrović

Project office
Faculty of forestry
University of Belgrade
Kneza Višeslava 1, Belgrade

Duration of the project

November 2017 - August 2019

Target groups

Target group of the project is entire forestry sector in Serbia. Project partners are divided in next four groups:

  • Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management - Forest Directory
  • Public companies "Srbijašume" and "Vojvodinašume"
  • Faculty of Forestry, University of Belgrade, Institute of Lowland Forestry Novi Sad, Institute of Forestry Belgrade
  • Private sector , especially major forest owners, like Churches