Connecting Family Forests (CFF)

  • Project idea information

    Priority

    Environment and culture responsible Danube region

    Project Idea Promoter
    (name of the institution)

    National Federation of Communal Forests and Pastures of Albania

    Needs and challenges
    (Needs, main problems or challenges to be addressed)

    This project is supporting family forestry in the Western Balkan. Family forestry in the Balkan comprise of private forests (small forest holders), communal forestry and decentralised forestry with involvement of rural communities. Under certain social economic conditions as energy poverty in rural zones, there has been the opposite effect, where coppice has been degraded through illegal overexploitation. The restoration of such coppice forests is possible and has been performed in some parts of Europe.

    The Balkan region is very rich of coppice forests,
    - Bulgaria (1.8 million ha)
    - Serbia and Montenegro (1.4 million ha)
    - Bosnia and Herzegovina (0.84 million ha)
    - Republic of Macedonia (0.56 million ha)
    - Croatia (0.54 million ha)
    - Albania (0.4 million ha)
    - Romania (0.25 million ha)

    Objectives
    (main and specific objectives to be achieved)

    Family forests organisations and their regional network contribute to Sustainable Forest Management and Rural Development improving the quality of life in rural areas

    Main results and core outputs

    In summary there are three result areas to achieve this:
    1. Network and the member associations and their functioning
    2. Service provision from and within the network
    3. Best practices on family forestryIncreased capacities of the network and member organizations
    outputs
    Regional network of family forests is expanded and has established linkages with other structures and networks
    Common issues on family forestry are identified and addressed through lobbying and advocacy
    Information and awareness provided on forestry and rural development to family forestry actors
    Economic and paid for services are provided by the network and its members leading to increased financial sustainability of the associations
    Sharing and learning on the importance of forests for the nature and environmental services

    Main foreseen activities

    Organizational strengthening and institutional building on national and regional level (training and coaching)
    Revitalize and support organisation of Family Forests related Associations and involve them in the network
    Identification of common themes (reforms, services, common issues and land management) to be addressed
    Providing information and raising awareness by regular updates of web page, newsletters, factsheets (gender s Increasing capacities of Associations in delivering economically oriented services ensitive)
    Forests and nature: trainings, practices and promotion on SFM in family forests
    Practices of new methods in forest management related to silviculture and wood production (pre commercial thinning, whole tree harvesting)

    Innovative character of the project idea

    The proposal follows a rights perspective which places people at the centre of sustainable economic development, promoting participation, non-discrimination, openness and transparency, as well as responsibility and democratic accountability. It addresses issues of rural economic development through support to rural livelihood strategies and traditional management practices, strengthening value chains for forest products. It focuses on private and communal forest users, dependent rural families in mountain & remote regions with small land holdings, limited livelihood opportunities and resultant low income levels. It will tackle issues of family forestry, sustainable forest management, clarifying roles and responsibilities of key actors, accountability of representative family forest organisations and institutions. A functioning civil society, steps to support legal reform, promotion of social inclusion and gender equality in the forest sector will contribute towards wider measures for EU accession.

    Estimated Total Budget
    (in EUR)

    25000 Euro Contribut 7500 Euro

    Estimated duration
    (in months)

    20 Month

  • Partners involved at this stage

    ERDF Partners

    NAPFO - National Association of Private Forest Owners in Kosovo,www.akppp.net Regional Centre for Forestry and Rural Development (REFORD) www.refordcentre.org (AL_KO)
    National Association of Private Forest Owners in R. Macedonia. V http://www.naps.com.mk/
    National Federation of Communal Forests and Pastures of Albania http://forest-al.org
    Association of private forest owners in Montenegro Email address:privsume@gmail.com National Association of Private Forest Owners in Serbia
    NES – National Engagement Strategy (ILC) Albania

    IPA Partners

    We dont have project with IPA.

    Associated Strategic Partners

    NAPFO - National Association of Private Forest Owners in Kosovo www.akppp.net
    Regional Centre for Forestry and Rural Development (REFORD)www.refordcentre.org
    National Association of Private Forest Owners in R. Macedonia
    ILC – International Land Coalition

  • Partners requested

    ERDF Partners

    NAPFO - National Association of Private Forest Owners in Kosovo,www.akppp.net Regional Centre for Forestry and Rural Development (REFORD)www.refordcentre.org (AL_KO)
    National Association of Private Forest Owners in R. Macedonia http://www.naps.com.mk/
    National Federation of Communal Forests and Pastures of Albania http://forest-al.org
    Association of private forest owners in Montenegro Email address:privsume@gmail.com National Association of Private Forest Owners in Serbia
    NES – National Engagement Strategy (ILC) Albania

    IPA Partners

    We dont have project with IPA.

    Associated Strategic Partners

    National Association of Private Forest Owners in R. Macedonia
    http://www.naps.com.mk/

    Republic of Macedonia is small country in which 40% or 960 431ha of its area is under forests. Part of this area is in state property and is managed by the PE ’’Macedonian Forest”. The other forest part of 11% is in private ownership, and is significant part for the socio-economical wellbeing of 60 000 private forest owners, living in the rural areas.
    NAPFO - National Association of Private Forest Owners in Kosovo
    www.akppp.net

    Forest area in Kosovo cavers 464.800ha or 42% of the total land area. From this 60% of all are public forest and other 40% are in private ownership.
    National Federation of Communal Forests and Pastures of Albania
    http://forest-al.org
    Forests and Pastures occupy 1/2 of the total area in Albania. By the beginning of 2013, around 900 thousand of forests and pastures are transferred at Local Government Units as one of the biggest reforms developed in recent years in our country.
    ILC.

  • Contact Person

    Name

    Kesjana Merdini

    Address

    Bulevardi Zogu i Pare Tirane, Albania

    Country

    Albania

    Telephone number

    E-mail address

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Programme co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)