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2003 grant Foundation for European Forest Research Miroslav Gecovič research scientist Department of Forest Policy, Economics and Management Forest Research Institute Zvolen, Slovakia visiting researcher at EFI 21 October – 19 December 2003

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2003 grant foundation for european forest research

2003 grantFoundation for European Forest Research

Miroslav Gecovič

research scientist

Department of Forest Policy, Economics and Management

Forest Research Institute

Zvolen, Slovakia

visiting researcher at EFI 21 October – 19 December 2003

Forestry activities of international organizations in relation to the needs and expectations of Central and Eastern European countries

why this topic
Why this topic?

being a citizen of one of the countries in transition (CITs) allows better understanding of country’s position at the international forestry scene:

  • strengths
  • weaknesses
  • opportunities
  • threats

personal experience gained in the field of international cooperation in several positions:

  • head of Institute’s foreign relations department
  • responsibility for organizing of events
  • plenty of important and useful contacts
  • membership in international bodies
  • chairmanship of Joint FAO/ECE Working Party
aims of the project
Aims of the project
  • to explore existing involvement and analyze differences between countries in transition (groups of countries)in selected international forestry activities
  • to provide springboard for further future activities helping to overcome differences
  • to contribute to strengthening of EFI’s and other international organisations’ position among CITs through a deeper knowledge of strong and weak points
meth o dology overview
Methodology overview
  • what data? (countries, activities)
  • where from? (sources of data)
  • where to store? (data storage)
  • data processing
  • data evaluation (main findings)
  • presentation of results and their availability
  • utilization of results (outcomes, intensions, recommendations)
wh ich countries
Which countries?

Europeancountries in transition (2004 EUmembers):

  • Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia

New Independent States countries:

  • Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

Other European countries in transition:

  • Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro

In addition:

  • EU and EFTA countries, some other countries in Europe and outside Europe, international organisations (if applicable)
d ata about what
Data about what?

main groups of activities:

  • H3 database and H3 related activities
  • COST Forests and Forest Products actions
  • Fifth Framework Programme (FP5) forestry related projects
  • Sixth Framework programme (FP6) forestry related expressions of interest and seeking partners
  • selected FAO/ECE forestry related activities
  • selected EFI activities
data collection data sources
Data collection: data sources

ECE/FAO activities:

  • ECE and FAO internet pages (www.unece.org/trade/timber, www.fao.org/forestry)
  • available lists of participants

EFI activities:

  • Internet (www.efi.fi)
  • available EFI documents

H3 activities:

  • Geneva Timber and Forest Discussion Papers ECE/TIM/DP/28

COST actions:

  • CORDIS database (cost.cordis.lu/src/signatories.cfm)

FP5 projects:

  • CORDIS database (dbs.cordis.lu/fep/fp5/fp5_proji_search.html)

FP6 expressions of interest:

  • CORDIS database (eoi.cordis.lu/search_form.cfm)
data st o rage
Data storage

Excel table:

  • rows

– activities (groups of activities)

  • columns

– countries (groups of countries)

  • cells

– level of participation (No. of participants, organizations)

  • comments

– more precise information (names of participants, list of organizations)

  • links

– additional documents (detailed description of the action)

data pr o cessing
Data processing

Excel sheets:

  • summaries for groups of activities
  • subtotals and totals
  • emphasised in colour
main findings
Main findings

differences are notable between these groups (table):

  • EU and EFTA countries
  • 2004 EU members
  • 2007 EU candidates
  • Western Balkan CITs
  • most of NIS countries (with exception of Russia)

responsibility in representation:

  • in some CITs at different activities responsibility lays on limited number of representatives

projects involvement:

  • differs between groups of CITs, however notable in comparison to EU and EFTA

cooperation in projects:

  • regional level
  • national consortia
results presentation and availability
Results: presentation and availability


  • Foundation Board
  • EFI staff
  • some of EFI publications
  • different meetings


  • database and supplementary files
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • grafical expression (map)
outcomes and intensions
Outcomes and intensions

to help CITs through participation in possible projects:

  • Sixth Framework programme
  • propose COST action
  • INCO project (for non-EU members)
  • possibly other activities
  • stimulate and CITs to participate actively in preparation of international projects (FP6, COST) and become ready to take responsibility for project coordination
  • encourage CITs to become more involved in publication activities at international level (EFI publications)
  • to reach active involvement of participants from CITs into discussions at different international meetings
  • to overcome the gap between politicians and high level decision makers on one side and those responsible for fulfilling the tasks and bringing them into everyday life