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    Regional Centre for
    Forestry and Rural Development

    Regional Centre for Forestry and Rural Development (REFORD) is a network organization gathering private and communal forest organizations as well as forest expert organizations from the Balkan region

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    Regional Centre for
    Forestry and Rural Development

    REFORD, a networking and coordiating organization aiming at rural development, using natural resources in a sustainable way.



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    Regional Centre for
    Forestry and Rural Development

    REFORD focuses on private and communal forest owners, rural development for their communities, supporting them in sustainable management of their land & forest.


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    Regional Centre for
    Forestry and Rural Development

    REFORD is developing and providing professional vocational training to forest owners and users.



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    Regional Centre for
    Forestry and Rural Development

    One of the visions of REFORD is to become a Regional Training centre for forestry and RD.



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History

Private Forests and pastures encompass an important part of the livelihood of rural communities on the South-west Balkan...

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How We Work

Our target groups are private & communal forest owners and local communities that live in rural areas and use natural resources on sustainable way.

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Partnerships

REFORD is an organization opened for partnership and cooperation with other organizations, public and private institutions and individuals who dedicate their work...

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Upcoming Events

Workshop in Tirana, Albania
On the 16-17 May 2017 in the Hotel Mondial in Tirana, Albania, will be organised Regional Workshop on “Opportunities for forest smallholders in Balkan countries for participating in timber markets”.
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Workshop in Tirana, Albania
As one of the main outputs in the agreement between REFORD and FAO will be organized 2 day workshop in May 2017 in Tirana, Albania, with topic on “Identification of opportunities and bottlenecks for forest certification at Balkan countries.
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Past Events

The six General Assembly meeting (GA) of the Regional Centre for Forestry and Rural Development (REFORD) was organised in Zabljak, Montenegro on the 3rd of July 2016, at Hotel Ski in Zabljak, Montenegro.
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Management Board meeting in 2016 took place in Berovo, R. Macedonia, on 14th May 2016.
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Fifth REFORD General Assembly meeting organized in Kosovo,3-4 July 2015, with participating associations from six countries Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro.
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Representatives from Family Forest (Communal and Private Forest Owners) Associations from Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Croatia, Bulgaria and CNVP representatives from Macedonia, Kosovo and Albania participated on a regional workshop in Kosovo, 2-5 July 2015.
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FAO in collaboration with REFORD organized Workshop on “Supporting non-state forestry in South East Europe” was held on 12-14 November 2012 in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia .
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15th International Symposium on Legal Aspects of European Forest Sustainable Development
was held in Tirana, Republic of Albania; 14-17 May 2013.
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REFORD started delivering trainings to Private forest Owners from Macedonia on “Afforestation and thinning subsidy schemes”.
- REFORD started supporting the private forest owners from Macedonia in preparation of the subsidy programs for afforestation and thinning.

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REFORD will mark the Year of Forests 2011 on the Balkan
in Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo.
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Cross Border Cooperation
between associations from Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo.

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Conference in Banja Luka 2012
On 14th June in Banja Luka, B&H was held regional conference on forest certification.

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REFORD report for 2011
Report for the REFORD activities for 2011 supported from the SNV-Sida Kosovo & Regional project.

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Workshop for Renewable Energy
Report from the workshop for the wood as a renewable energy resource .

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Cross Border Cooperation
Report from NAPFO Albania.

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Cross Border Cooperation
Report from NAPFO Kosovo activities.

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Cross Border Cooperation
Report from NAPFO Macedonia activities from 01-03.11.2011 .

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2011 International Year of Forests: Macedonia
Report Berovo - 12.12.2011 .

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VFB Gorna Debarca Promotion
Report from promotion of VFB Gorna Debarca held on 07.12.2011.

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REFORD Annual meeting
Annual meeting report from Kosovo, June 2011.

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Regional Coordinative Workshop
Sida-SNV forestry development project, Peshkopi, 06.04.2011.

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Workshop in Berovo
Business possibilities for NAPFO, Berovo, 24-25.03.2011.

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Plantation in Berovo
Plantation of fast growing species, Berovo, 30.03.2011.

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News

Tirana Workshop.

Workshop on “Opportunities for forest smallholders in Balkan countries for participating in timber markets”.

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New member associations in REFORD.

- Zveza lasnitkov Gozdov Slovenija (ZLGS) or Union of forest owners Slovenia
- Union of private forest owners association (UPFOA) from Montenegro .

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REFORD Regional Activities, September 2015 – July 2016 overall report Supported by SSPDF.

REFORD member associations supported by SSPDF Project financed by Sida/CNVP Kosovo, during the period September 2015 – July 2016 developed certain activities according to their respective contracts.

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REFORD Regional Activities, September 2015 – July 2016 Supported by FLED Project.

REFORD member associations supported by FLED Project financed by Sida/CNVP Albania, during the period September 2015 – July 2016 developed certain activities according to their respective contracts.

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Signed agreement with Food and agriculture Organization of the United Nation -FAO.

REFORD signed agreement with Food and agriculture Organization of the United Nation -FAO, where is agreed that FAO will support financially REFORD in providing services and support in ̋Identification of opportunities and bottlenecks for forest certification at Balkan countries̋.

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NEW PROJECT: ̋Supporting Small Forest Holders in the Balkan countries as Drivers for the Development of Forest Certification schemes̋.

REFORD with its member organisations is partner in the project ̋Supporting Small Forest Holders in the Balkan countries as Drivers for the Development of Forest Certification schemes̋, together with Connecting natural values and people foundation – CNVP as lead applicant in the project.

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Study Visit in Croatia.

Six associations, members of REFORD (Regional Centre for Forestry and Rural Development), participated in a study visit organized in November 2015, on different locations in Croatia.

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Local communities, drivers of forest management in the Balkan.

REFORD highly appreciates the initiatives taken by the respective governments of the region and the various donors in developing forests, pastures and protected areas. REFORD and its members at the meeting held in Peja, Kosovo on 3rd to 5th July 2015 reviewed the developments in forestry in relation to rural people, especially family forests. It shows that the family forest has yet remained an issue of concern.

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Celebrating Terra Madre Day and European Forest Week.

13-14 of December 2013 in Shkoder, Albania the forest owners and producers celebrated the Terra Madre Day and International Week of Forest.
The event was supported by CNVP (Connecting Natural Values & People) Foundation and REFORD (Regional Centre for Forestry and Rural Development).
“….one had the opportunity to try and bye the forest fruits, medicinal plants and herbs from Kosovo, wonderful wooden products from Croatia, traditional drinks, mushrooms and craft works from Montenegro, blueberry juices and dried fruits from Macedonia, nuts and honey from Albania….”

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Forest Fest Berovo 2013.

The National Association of Private Forest Owner from Macedonia, one of the REFORD’s member associations, will contribute to the Forest Week celebrated across the globe by organizing a Forest Festival in Macedonia,under the slogan“Every tree has its own family” will take place in Berovo, Macedonia on 07-08 of December 2013.

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European Forest Week 2013.

REFORD will contribute to the European Forest Week 2013 by supporting the event “Terra Madre day”.

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FAO Technical meeting.

From 29 to 31 of October 2013, REFORD members participated at the FAO Technical workshop on the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forest in the context of National Food Security.

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Report - General Assembly REFORD 2013.

Regional Networking for Private and Communal Forestry 30th September – 03rd October 2013.

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Report on visit of Private Forest Owners in Bor region.

In the framework of SIDA NAPFO 2013 annual plan a Study visit to East Serbia (Bor and Majdanpek municipalities) was organized by CNVP Macedonia with assistance of Foragrobio CC - Serbia as local consultant.

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New Member in REFORD.

Croatian Union of Private Forest Owners Associations.

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Experience from Bulgaria.

On 4th – 6th June 2013, a team of representatives of the National Federation of Communal Forest and Pastures of Albania participated in a Study Visit for exchanging experiences with the National Association of Private Forest Owners of Bulgaria (NAPFOB). The Study visit was organized by REFORD and supported by CNVP.

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Rural development and EU integration of forestry.

REFORD took active place in implementation of the project "Rural development and EU integration of forestry".

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Memorandum of Understanding between CNVP Foundation and REFORD.

Signed Memorandum of Understanding between CNVP (Connecting Natural Values and People Foundation) and REFORD (Regional Centre for Forestry and Rural Development).

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New Member in REFORD.

New Member in REFORD / Associations of Private Forest Owners “Our Forest”  Republic of Srpska – BiH.

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Supporting member associations.

REFORD is currently engaged on supporting the member associations on: their PADOR registration and its update; collecting all project references and the back-up documents; Collecting CVs of the main experts.

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Application for subsidy on ‘Support to NGO’s .

REFORD applied for subsidy on ‘Support to NGO’s in provision of services’ launched by the Government of Macedonia.

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Application for EU project.

REFORD applied for EU project as a partner organization on “Forests for the Future of Balkan People in Rural Areas”.

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Grant from the Norwegian Embassy in Skopje.

REFORD gained a small scale grant from the Norwegian Embassy in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia on: Raising awareness for enhanced utilization of renewable energy (wood biomass) and improvement of living condition in rural areas.

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The Association of Private Forest Owners in Montenegro.

APFOM became member of REFORD network.

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2011 International Year of Forests.

United Nations General Assembly launched the announcement that Year 2011 as International Year of Forests. Because of that over 40 countries and more than 250 events around globe are organized and prepared by different institutions, organizations, local governments, local, national and international NGO’s.

MACEDONIA:
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ALBANIA:
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KOSOVO:
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New assembly meeting.

 In the week of 11-15 July 2011 on a one day assembly meeting technical board will discuss the statute and select the cross border projects.

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Guidelines and Application format for cross border small grants.

The project is aiming at capacity strengthening of its partners and has a deliberate aim to strengthen their role and capacity as Local Capacity Builders (LCB) to sustain the service provision in forestry.

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First Balkan training centre for private and communal forest owners.

Download our brochure in .pdf format.

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