May 18, 2017

Identification of opportunities and bottlenecks for forest certification at Balkan countries

Workshop on "Identification of opportunities and bottlenecks for forest certification at Balkan countries"

In the framework of the project “Identification of opportunities and bottlenecks for forest certification at Balkan countries” a workshop event was organized in Hotel “Mondial” in Tirana on May 16 and 17, 2017. The workshop was organised by the Regional Centre for Forestry and Rural Development (REFORD) with contribution of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations - Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (FAO REU), Connecting Natural Values & People Foundation (CNVP) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

The purpose of the workshop was to provide opportunity to forestry stakeholders from the Balkans to share and to provide their view on the aspects of forest certification (FC), current trends, developments and obstacles on the Balkans and wider region. During the workshop, they had the opportunity to see the results of the Survey that was implemented in six Balkan countries by the REFORD network members on the topic of forest certification. The workshop served as a ground for discussions to achieve more understanding among forest stakeholders on the Balkans about forest certification in relation to sustainable forest management (SFM), with a specific focus on small scale forest holders.

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