European Network of Forest Extension Organisations launched

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The European Network of Forest Extension Organisations (FOREXT) has now been officially launched as the Memorandum of Understanding was signed in September 2019. FOREXT aims to support its member organisations through international collaboration in building new capacity and to develop their support and advice skills, tools and services to private forest owners to a new level. The network has its Secretariat at EFI. There are currently 12 members, four of which are also EFI’s member organisations.

The FOREXT partners met in Helsinki, Finland in early October to discuss future activities. The meeting also included a joint session with the DataBio-project, which aims to show the benefits of Big Data technologies in the raw material production from agriculture, forestry and fishery/aquaculture for the bioeconomy industry to produce food, energy and biomaterials responsibly and sustainably.

The joint session was followed by a field visit to a harvesting site, where the participants were able to see how some of the data is used in practical forest work in Finland.


Current members of the FOREXT network:

  • Finnish Forest Centre, Finland
  • Estonian Private Forest Centre, Estonia
  • National Centre of Private Forestry, France
  • Teagasc, Ireland
  • Latvian Rural Advisory and Training centre – Forest Advisory Services centre, Latvia
  • Skogkurs - Forestry Extension Institute, Norway
  • National Forest Center, Slovakia
  • Swedish Forest Agency, Sweden
  • Forestry Commission, UK
  • The Union of Southern European Forest Owners, USSE, Spain
  • Mas Abogados, Spain
  • Institute Europeen de la Foret Cultivee