a school for small forest owners "Waldbauernschule"
Topic of the practice
further training, multifunctional forest management
Good Practice Information
Europe wide Forest owners are devided into three groups: state forestry of member states at all NUTS levels, big private forest owners and small forest owners which make the biggest part of more than one Million owners. Often they are not trained in forest matter, often they live in cities and just own a small piece of land (up to 10 ha) somewhere in the country side. The total area of forest land however comprises of substantial parts of these small pieces. Addressing small forest owners, sometimes called forest farmers or "Waldbauern" in German, therefor is a special interest in forest policy to support changes towards multifunctional forestry. In Brandenburg the association of small forest owners, founded by Enno Rosenthal took the initiative to install a school for further training of these owners. Land Brandenburg supported this initiative and the European fund for rural development also opened its funds for safeguarding its
development. In the spatious Land of Brandenburg the school works in three spatial devisions with regional representatives. Two day trainings (Fr afternoon, Sat - 12 training units) are offered during spring and harvest dealing with forestry topics but nature protection as well as economic, legal and taxation questions. Participants have to pay 30 Euros in order to make the trainings available to everyone.
Evidence of success
Hundreds of small forest owners could be trained since the beginning of the initiative in 2008. In 2012 the 7th term of the training is being offered. During the FUTUREforest study visits partners could meet Enno Rosenthal and trainers of the school to exchange expereineces in addressing small forest owners. Especially Latvia took a lot of notice on this experience and tries to establish similar training structures.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Enno Rosenthal, President