Projektā izstrādātie izglītojošie materiāli meža īpašniekiem:

Rokasgrāmata “Kas jāzina meža īpašniekam”   Manual for forest owners  Most forest owners lack forest management knowledge, are not good at wood sales, timber measurement and selecting of subcontractors. Because of this, they are making mistakes and need help.  Consultants are often biased.  Printed materials are difficult to find and often hard to comprehend.  Information availability is not catching up with new developments in communications technology and habits. The idea of the information cards has been to complement the existing education material for forest management with good practices and regulation updates. Furthermore, new forest management practices and measures suitable for self-directed forest owners are presented in web based format, easily accessible through internet. The target group for these cards are new and active forest owners willing to affect the management of their forests and to preserve important nature, culture and recreation sites during different forest operations. By using the calculating tool, the forest owners can make better educated decisions about when to initiate regeneration fellings. The idea of the cards is also to give forest owners ideas of the activities, which can be carried out also on small forest estates and without major investments and skills. When working together, the family forestry practices can be passed on from generation to generation. As it has always been done. The tool can be used on-line and the cards are free to be downloaded, printed and distributer without modifications from every computer which is connected to internet. Grigorijs Rozentāls Skatīt rokasgrāmatu šeit


Project conference “The Importance of Knowledge in Private Forestry”  in Rīga, 14.06.2017.  


Foundation “Centre for Support of Forest Owner Cooperation”: ŠEIT LSFRI “Silava” (Ilva Konstantinova): ŠEIT LSFRI “Silava” (Agnis Šmits) : ŠEIT Foundation Private Forest Centre: ŠEIT Slovenian Forestry Institute: ŠEIT JAMK University of Applied Sciences:ŠEIT

4th project Transnational project meeting combined with Short-term joint staff training took place in Finland from 13 to 16 of March 2017


Metsahallitus Finland Finnish Forest Centre

Third Transnational project meeting combined with Short-term joint staff training took place in Slovenia from 5 to 9 of September 2016

Photos by Juris Lipsnis:


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First Transnational project meeting combined with Short-term joint staff training took place in Latvia from 9 to 13 of November 2015

More photos of the events:


Ministry of Agriculture of Latvia: HERE Latvian Agricultural Cooperatives Association: HERE Forest Owner’s Association: HERE LSFRI SILAVA: HERE Cooperative Mezsaimnieks and Foundation Centre for Forest Owners Cooperation: HERE State Forest Service: HERE

Second Transnational project meeting combined with Short-term joint staff training took place in Estonia from 4 to 8 of April 2016

The training program was diverse, including both lectures on the forest sector and training activities for Estonian forest owners and practical trainings and field work in the forest, as well as visits to various objects related to forestry sector. During Project Management Group meetings participants discussed project management issues as well as presented the progress made to training materials for forest owners. The next such event is planned in early September in Slovenia. Photos by Agnis Šmits:

Photos by Kertu Kekk:


Ministry of Environment Forest Department: HERE Foundation Private Forest Centre: HERE Foundation Forest Owner Association: HERE Estonian Timbertrade Centre: HERE

MPKS Mežsaimnieks dibinātajai biedrībai “Meža īpašnieku kooperācijas atbalsta centrs”, kuras darbības galvenie mērķi ir veicināt meža īpašnieku kooperāciju un izglītošanu, apstiprināts Eiropas Komisijas (EK) Mūžizglītības programmas Erasmus+ Stratēģisko partnerību apakšprogrammas projekts “Network for Educated European Forest Owners”, projekta Nr.2015-1-LV01-KA204-013437. Biedrība projektā ir vadošais partneris, sadarbības partneri – Latvijas valsts mežzinātnes institūts Silava, Somijas Tehniskā universitāte, Igaunijas Meža īpašnieku biedrība un Slovēnijas Mežsaimniecības institūts. Projekta mērķis – veicināt Eiropas meža īpašnieku izglītošanu, lai nodrošinātu kvalitatīvu meža apsaimniekošanas lēmumu pieņemšanu. Plānotās aktivitātes: inovatīvu izglītojošu un interaktīvu materiālu izveide meža īpašniekiem par meža apsaimniekošanu, pieredzes apmaiņas pasākumi, semināri un konferences. Projekta ilgums 2 gadi, kopējais budžets 182 485 EUR, tai skaitā 100% EK finansējums. Family forestry provides the main use for very large land surface areas in many European countries. Efficient and responsible use of this land is of considerable importance not only for the owners, but also for wider society. The target group of the project is family forest owners who make forest management decisions, based on advice. The project envisages to join forces and share experience from several countries in order to provide better understanding of what are the best ways and methods to channel the knowledge to those, who need it – the forest owners. The main objective of the project is to promote education of forest owners addressing forest management issues in order to improve the quality of forest management decisions, thus contributing to employment and economic development in rural areas of Europe. Project partners are five European forest-related organisations from four countries: 2 partners from Latvia, 1 from Estonia, Finland and Slovenia. Partners are of different size and scope, yet they share similar aims and target groups. The main project objective will be achieved by different activities. Centre for Support of Forest Owner Cooperation will oversee the overall management and implementation of project activities by all project partner organisations. It is also envisaged that each partner organisation will set up a local project management team. Issues pertaining to project implementation and achievement of expected project results are planned to be discussed with partners during transnational project meetings. During the course of the project, it is expected to develop several intellectual outputs: 1. Innovative online manual for forest owners about basic forest management; consisting of 4 parts – one for each country in its national language with a summary of manual in English. It is estimated that each part of the manual may be at least 200 pages. The developed manual will be made printable and available for public at the project partners’ web sites. 2. Interactive education materials pertaining to forest management planning. Education materials are planned to be created in national languages of the project participating organisations. Developed materials will be made publicly available at the web sites of the project partners. Developed intellectual outputs mentioned above are expected to assist forest owners in making better informed decisions in such areas as: forest inventory; when to use natural or artificial regeneration; what tree species to grow; selection of the right type of seedlings; what soil preparation to select, when it is needed; pre-commercial and commercial thinnings, different thinning strategies and suggested thinning models; pests and diseases in forestry; ways to make forestry more environmentally friendly; forest sertification schemes; right time to harvest; regeneration; basic aspects of tree harvesting and transportation; safety in forestry; alternative uses of forest; role of forestry in carbon cycle and global environment. The above mentioned topics is by no means final, it will be further developed during the project implementation. In order to exchange methods and best practices among participating organizations, transnational joint staff training events are envisaged to take place. Various dissemination activities are also envisaged, including local seminars in Estonia, Finland and Slovenia and a conference where produced intellectual results will be presented to a broader audience. In addition, it is also planned to make use of social media (Facebook) and partners’ web sites to inform about achievements in the project and to promote the developed manual and education materials. Better quality of forest management decisions by family forestry representatives are among desired impacts of the project, as family forestry plays an important role in rural employment, economic development and landscape formation. Better ways for family forest owners to learn necessary skills and ideas is of great importance. Better understanding of balancing economic, environmental and social aspects of forestry is also expected to be accomplished. Well managed forest stores much more carbon, it is also expected to provide for increased employment opportunities. Well managed forests, based in informed decisions by owners, can significantly contribute to the above mentioned aspects country-wide, as well as Europe-wide. Information about project in partners’s websites: LSFRI Silava: HERE JAMK UNiversity of Applied Sciences: HERE Slovenian Forestry Institute: HERE ERAMETSAKESKUS Foundation Private forest Centre: HERE Projekta vadītāja Māra Rozentāle m.+371 29452767, e-pasts: PROJEKTU LĪDZFINANSĒ EIROPAS SAVIENĪBA