Forest in Latvia. Photo: Rikard Jakobsson

Project: Life-Long Learning in Forestry Latvia

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.
Financed by SI (Swedish Institute)
September 2022-March 2023
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.

The project is part of the activities at the Department of Forestry and Wood Technology