Strengthening the capacities of the forest owners associations for sustainable forest management (2014 – 2017)

Project co-financed by a grant from Switzerland through the Swiss Contribution to the enlarged European Union.

Project partners: SAB Switzerland (, RoMontana (, Open Fields Foundation (, “Ștefan cel Mare” University of Suceava ( and “Nostra Silva” – Federation of Forest and Pasture Owners from Romania (

Total budget: 478.072 CHF

Implementation period: 2014 – 2017

Project’s goal: Contributions for an integrated and sustainable forest management in Romania by strengthening the capacity of the forest owners’ associations.

Outcome 1: Participating Forest Owners Associations in the project area manage their forest in a sustainable manner.

Outcome 2: “Nostra Silva” – the Federation of Forests and Pastures Owners from Romania has developed into a core player to advocate for the interests of its members.

Outcome 3: PEFC and/or FSC Certification for small, non-industrial private forests is established in the pilot region.

Some of the project results:

  1. Preliminary analysis of the forest owners’ associations from Suceava County (English);
  2. Report on the selection of five pilot associations of forest owners from Suceava County to be supported by the project (English);
  3. In depth analysis of five forest owners associations selected from Suceava county (Romanian);
  4. In depth analysis of five forest owners associations selected from Suceava county (English);
  5. Leaflet: Internal communication – Increasing transparency in the decision-making process meant to improve the internal democracy within each association of forest owners (Romanian);
  6. Brochure: Guidelines for implementing creating the implementing Development Plans at the level of Forest Owners Associations” (Romanian);
  7. Brochure: “PEFC – Forest certification Explained” (Romanian).

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