Family Forestry in Latvia

Strengthening of Forest Owners' Associations and Establishment of Extension Service

DFE has been collaborating with the Latvian Forest Owners' Association (LFOA), both nationally and locally, since 1993. The Latvian Forest Owners' Organisations are based on the many new private forest owners resulting from the return of land to former owners that took place after independence. Danish environmental assistance to eastern Europe (DANCEE) has supported a number of activities targeting the new private forest owners and their organisations. DFE has implemented these projects together with LFOA.


1994 - 97: DFE conducted three two-month training courses for future Lithuanian and Latvian consultants for private forest owners. Major subjects of the training were: sustainable forest management, basic economics, forest economics, management planning, forest policy, and extension work.


1995 - 99: Major aspects of DFE support: establishment of adapted computerised forest management planning systems, sustainable forest management, establishment of extension service, training of consultants, courses for forest owners, strengthening of their organisations.


Services provided by DFE staff

Overall responsibility for project management, and scheduling of tasks and staff. Establishment and transfer of purpose-built GIS computerised forest management planning systems. Training of forest owners in sustainable (including financially sustainable) forest management. Support for the establishment of an extension service, training of consultants, capacity-building and strengthening of forest owners' organisations. Development and production of extension materials and training curricula.


The return of property to former owners involved many nature values besides the directly marketable wood resources of the forests.



Flemming Sehested

Flemming Sehested

Director - Senior Consultant

Mobil +45 61 26 60 08

Karsten Raae

Karsten Raae

Forest Supervisor - Senior Consultant

Mobil +45 25 55 42 00

Ulrik Kragh Hansen

Ulrik Kragh Hansen

Forest Manager

Mobil +45 23 40 62 12

Danish Forestry Extension
Rolighedsvej 23
1958 Frederiksberg C

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