EFI is supporting Finnish Forest Centre (Metsäkeskus) in mobilizing the network of forest extension organizations in Europe (FOREXT - FORest EXTension network), with a goal of establishing international cooperation in the field. Forest extension covers activities of state administration directed towards supporting private forestry that goes beyond just advising them. The aim of this network is to ensure the organisations to build their capacities in training and education of private forest owners, supporting the development of their associations, inventorying and marking of private forests, preparation of forest management plans for private forests, enforcement of forest legislation in private forests, providing subsidies for more sustainable forest management, organizing sale of wood from private forests, capacity building for private forestry, etc.

The network had its first meeting in January 2018 in Bonn, Germany and it is already planning its second meeting in October 2018 in Bilbao, Spain.

Partner organisations:

  1. Finnish Forest Centre, Finland
  2. Estonian Private Forest Centre, Estonia
  3. National Centre of Private Forestry, France 
  4. Teagasc, Ireland 
  5. Latvian Rural Advisory and Training centre – Forest Advisory Services centre, Latvia
  6. SKOGKURS - Forestry Extension Institute, Norway
  7. Catalonia Ownership Forest Centre, Spain
  8. Swedish Forest Agency, Sweden 
  9. Forestry Commission, UK 
  10. USSE, Spain 
  11. Landratsamt Waldshut, Germany
  12. MAS ABOGADOS, Spain


  1. Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz NRW, Germany
  2. National Forest Center-NFC, Slovakia
  3. Danish Forestry Extension, Denmark
  4. Forestry Environmental Action, Bosnia and Hercegovina
  5. Ministry of Rural Development, Environment and Agriculture of the Federal State of Brandenburg, Germany
  7. CEPF


For further information’s please contact Dr. Nataša Lovrić

Project management
natasa.lovric @ efi.int
Finnish Forest Centre
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