Development of courses for forest owners and professionals with local partners.
This project was concluded in 2023.
Facts about the project
Project manager Rikard Jakobsson Other project members at Linnaeus University Per-Olof Johansson Participating organizations Linnaeus University, SILAVA Latvia Forest Research Institute, Latvian University of Life Sciences and Technologies, Latvian Forest Owners Association, Forest Training centre, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania. Financier Financed by SI (Swedish Institute) Timetable September 2022-March 2023 Subject Forest and wood technology (Department of Forestry and Wood Technology, Faculty of Technology) Research group Forestry and Wood Technology
More about the project
As a forest owner, you decide how to manage the forest and are responsible for all actions taken on your land. Though private owners manage 60% of EU forests, academic education is not available, apart from Sustainable Small-scale Forestry in Sweden.
The courses provide terminology and science in forest mensuration, ecology, silviculture, growth and yield and economics and has been used by several forest companies in further education. We want to educate forest owners and personnel in Latvia on basic forestry concepts and use the well developed Latvian small-scale forest machine expertize in our courses in Sweden. That concept is especially applicable to management of unattended young broad-leaved tree species, present among forest owners in Sweden.
We also see a trial for establishing an international version of Sustainable Small-Scale Forestry. We map the target groups, adjust the blended learning curriculum, create excursion sites and material and try it on a selected group.