Extension services in forestry

Private foresters take management decisions which affect their forest often during a long period. Often they do not hold the best possible information and therefore search for technical, economic and legal advice. In the agricultural sector, agriculture extension services are sometimes offered by public institutions. Yet, this is often lacking or less clearly identified for forestry in Europe, a niche which has been occupied by private consultancy companies and forest owners’ associations. This field has not received much attention from the research community. Yet, extension services mobilise value chains in rural areas, facilitate sector interchanges, introduce innovations, or conduct applied research. Hence, the organisation approaches and outcomes of these advisory services are worth studying.

The main aim of this traineeship will be to review the scientific and grey literature, map the public and private extension/advisory services, and conduct an institutional analysis. Desktop work, surveys and interviews will be used for data collection.

Traineeship open to Master's student in forestry, economics, or rural development. 

Skills 
Good English. French and/or Spanish is an asset. Good ability with Microsoft office and basic Statistics. Curious mind and willingness to conduct interviews.

 

Location
The selected student will work at the EFIMED Regional Office in Barcelona, Spain.