- Slovenian Forestry Institute
- Slovenia Forest Service
- CNVOS – Center for Information service, co-operation and development of NGOs
- Bavarian Office for Forest Seeding and Planting (ASP)
- Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
- The Decentralized Administration of Macedonia – Thrace (GDDAY – DAMT)
The Slovenian Forestry Institute (SFI) is a public institute of national importance, providing research in forests, forestry, forest ecosystems, wildlife and game management. It operates under the auspices of the ministry, responsible for science and technology, and the ministry, responsible for forestry and the environment. Having been committeed to the Forest Act (1993), Resolution on the National Forest Programme (2007) and the international documents addressing forests, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity, Convention on Climate Change, resolutions and decisions within the Forest Europe (Strassbourg 1990, Helsinki 1993, Lisbon 1998, Vienna 2003, Warsaw 2007, Oslo 2011), Convention on the Protection of the Alps 1991, and EU Forestry Strategy (1998). It strictly follows the concepts of the close-to-nature, sustainable and multifunctional forestry in all research and advisory services. It is the Official Authority for approval of basic material and certification of forest reproductive material, of forest health and prognosis service, and fulfills selected tasks within the public forest service and the public environmental service in Slovenia. Slovenian Forestry Institute is the leading partner of the LIFEGENMON project.
The Slovenia Forest Service (SFS) is a public institution, established by the Republic of Slovenia in 1993, which performs public forestry service in all Slovenian forests, irrespective of ownership. It is organized with Central unit in Ljubljana, 14 regional units, 69 local units and 396 forest districts. It also comprises 10 hunting reserves with a special purpose.
Main tasks and activities of the SFS in the area of proposal: elaboration of forest management plans, collecting data on the state and development of forests and keeping databases, monitoring biological balance in forests, giving consent for interventions in the forest and forest space, co-operation in open space planning, silviculture and forest protection, elaboration of silvicultural plans and plans for forest fire protection, determination of necessary silvicultural and protection work in forests, marking trees for felling in co-operation with forest owners, providing seedlings and seeds of forest trees for forest regeneration, public relations and education of forest owners, popularisation of forests and forestry, informing the public about the importance of forests and nature preservation, co-operation in activities aimed at countryside development and developing study circles in the SFS.
In performing its work the SFS co-operates with numerous institutions and organizations in the fielsd of administration, education, scientific research, with professional and non-governmental organizations and it also participates in the international field. Besides that the SFS co-operates with numerous borderline branches in the space (agriculture, water management, urbanization, nature protection) and with them it reconciles different interests. In Slovenia forest management plans are also the management plans of Natura 2000 sites (for forests).
Center for information service, co-operation and development of NGOs has over 600 member organisations active in different policy fields (environment, youth, human rights, social issues, equal opportunities, culture, regional development, development cooperation etc.), and its mission is to ensure their sustainable development by providing a comprehensive, effective and professional support through information service, consultancy, education, research, policy making, advocacy, networking and promotion. It has recently set up an evaluation center, which will contribute to systematic evaluation of activities, programs and project in the Slovene non-profit sector – and thus lead to better management and quality of non-profit product and services. To ensure the right conditions for the sustainable development of NGOs, CNVOS analyses and monitors the support environment for the functioning and development of NGOs, regularly prepares legislation proposals and strategic documents to put forward a common position in favour of NGOs. Recently, it was involved in the processes of development of several legal acts. It has formed a special working group on legal framework and has developed several initiatives for NGO development, which were developed through participatory process and addressed to the government.
The overall concept of the ASP includes the long term conservation of genetic diversity and protection of forest genetic resources in Bavarian forests. Genetic diversity is the basis for adaptation potential and survival of tree species under changing environmental conditions, representing the key issue of stability and productivity of forest ecosystems. The ASP is a special agency within the Bavarian Forestry Administration, operating in the field of forest reproductive material and forest genetic resources. The institution combines genetic laboratory research, field trials, conservation of forest gene resources and the practical implementation of law on forest reproductive material. The ASP has long-term experience in carrying out field trials (i.e. provenance trials) and manages a network of field trials throughout Bavaria. Results of this trials are incorporated into practical forest operations (provenance recommendations, delineation of provenance regions, improved regeneration techniques and provenance recommendations, etc.). The institution provides for the education of forestry students and forest officers in the field of Forest genetic resources. It gives extension training to domestic and foreign professionals, offers visits to its operations and consults politicians, tree farmers, forest owners. ASP is the only project partner located in Germany.
The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) is the largest university in Greece and the Balkans, with over 2100 academic staff and about 4000 teaching, research and technical staff. The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is participating in many bilateral agreements with universities and research institutions in Europe and overseas. The Laboratory of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding (FGL-AUTH) is operating within the Faculty of Forestry & Natural Environment, which is the oldest Faculty in the University. FGL-AUTH is the oldest and leading University-level laboratory in Greece, for education and research in forest genetics and forest plant breeding. FGL has six academic researchers, and 20 undergraduate and graduate students that are doing research for their PhD, MSc and BSc theses.
The Decentralized Administration of Macedonia – Thrace (DAMT) is a public organization responsible for the regions of Macedonia and Thrace. DAMT, via the use of Greek and EU regional programs, is responsible for projects, financing and other various actions that develop the rural infrastructure in key point development sectors in each area and support the development, as well as the exploitation and protection, of the terrestrial natural environment in the area of Macedonia and Thrace. The General Directorate of Forests and Agricultural Affairs, through its departments, is active in all the sectors of its jurisdiction that is:
- Protection and development of forests and woodlands.
- Utilization and exploitation of forests and woodlands.
- In rural areas, all its jurisdictional fields, as well as freshwater aquaculture.
This is achieved through the Department’s organizational structure, which in accordance with the Presidential Decree (P.D.) 142/2010, comprises of the Directorate of Coordination and Supervision of Forests, 12 Forests Directorates, 26 Forestry Departments and 2 Reforestation Directorates. The extent of the jurisdiction area is about 33.000 km, of which 30% is covered by forests. The total scientific – technical staff exceeds 1.200.