Fem4Forest Forests in Women’s Hands

Fem4Forest identifies and analyses the innovation needs of labour market and forest entrepreneurs and demonstrates the transferability of ideas and good practice examples (GPE) by a series of pilot actions within the Danube region (DR) territory to push forward the ability of women actors to gain a foothold in the workforce resp. innovate their forest business to boost the competitiveness of the forest based sector on the European market. The project offers new and well adapted innovative learning approach which will support a more active role of women in the forest sector.
Therefore the main objective of Fem4Forest is to strengthen the forest sector at local, regional and interregional level trough increased involvement and ability of women actors by supporting their equal presence and competences at the market in DR. 
The overall Fem4Forest concept follows an interactive innovation model where innovation occurs as a result of multi-actor interactions driven by needs of society and market, state of the art of science and technology, and organizational capabilities. The planned activities are demand-driven and target three most crucial components: social inclusion, gender equality and economic independency. Due to multi-actor approach Fem4Forest has the genuine and strong involvement of target groups that will be engaged in various activities in order to voice their needs and co-create GPE.
The variety of options that already exist in different countries will be analyzed and presented through benchmarking study and through the selection of GPE. A new innovative approach for learning from each other and mentoring will be established. Fem4Forest model (demand driven action plan, awareness raising campaign, mentoring and training programme) for integration of women will be developed and tested in pilot actions. Fem4Forest will contribution to a higher employment rate in the DR, also through tackling young and long-term unemployment women in rural areas.
Forests in Women’s Hands
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 1622544.45
ERDF Contribution: 1149503.81
IPA Contribution: 145192.75
ENI Contribution: 84466.2
Call number
Call 3
Innovative and socially responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Increase competences for business and social innovation

Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Slovenian forestry institute Lead partner nike.krajnc@gozdis.si Slovenia
Forest Training Center Pichl ERDF partner dagmar.karisch-gierer@lk-stmk.at Austria
NOWA Training Counselling Project management ERDF partner eva.janusch@nowa.at Austria
Bavarian State Institute of Forestry ERDF partner roland.schreiber@lwf.bayern.de Germany
Forest Owner Association Styria ERDF partner maximilian.handlos@waldverband-stmk.at Austria
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Project News

  • Fem4Forest - The third project period is done. What have we done?
    - 31-12-2021
    The third project period is done. What have we done?

    With the end of 2021 comes the end of the third Fem4Forest project period. In the previous six months, the Fem4Forest partnership worked continuously on the following:  Demand-driven action plan to increase the competence of women in the...

  • Fem4Forest - The First-Year Review and Third Steering Committee meeting held in Ljubljana!
    - 15-09-2021
    The First-Year Review and Third Steering Committee meeting held in Ljubljana!

    On September 6th, 2021, in the premises of the Slovenian Forestry Institute (GIS) in Ljubljana, a First-Year Review and Third  Steering Committee meetings were organized. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, the meetings were organized as...

  • Fem4Forest - Conclusions from the second project period
    - 30-06-2021
    Conclusions from the second project period

    The Fem4Forest partnership is coming to the end of the second project period!  In the previous six months, the Fem4Forest partnership was productive and produced the following outputs:  ⤵️  Report on current situation and position...

  • Fem4Forest - Insight into all the details from the kick-off event: "Forests in Women's Hands - Yes, We Can!"
    - 10-11-2020
    Insight into all the details from the kick-off event: "Forests in Women's Hands - Yes, We Can!"

    On the 29th of October 2020, the kick-off event entitled "Forests in Women's Hands - Yes, We Can" gathered more than 130 participants from 17 countries. The purpose of the conference was to present the new Fem4Forest initiative in the Danube...

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