Lithuanian State Forests © EUSTAFOR

Following the joint statement by the forest sector  “Call for an updated and stronger EU Forest Strategy” on the report from the European Commission on progress in the implementation of the Forest Strategy, stakeholders will hold a round table event in Brussels to further discuss the need for an improvement in policy coherence in the future.

Since the EU Forest Strategy was adopted in 2013, the challenges for the European Forest Sector have been growing and the EU policy framework and the EU policies affecting forests have strongly evolved. The sector has therefore called on the European Commission, Parliament and Council to propose an updated and stronger EU Forest Strategy, before the end of 2019, which encompasses recent and upcoming EU policies and is adequately resourced at the appropriate levels of the European institutions.

The issue will be debated at a round table meeting during lunch time on 4 February 2019 (10.30-14.00) at the European Forestry House, rue du Luxembourg 66, 1000 Brussels.

PHOTO: Lithuanian State Forests © EUSTAFOR


EUSTAFOR starts work on the SINCERE Project

Spurring INnovations for forest eCosystem sERvices in Europe (SINCERE) is a four-year project funded through the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. From 2018 to 2022, SINCERE will develop novel policies and new business models by connecting knowledge and expertise from practice, science and policy, across Europe and beyond.

EUSTAFOR will play a major role in the dissemination of information on the project through our website, our member newsletter, but also through workshops and conferences.  EUSTAFOR will support the implementation of a European-wide survey, to be distributed to members, which is meant to identify interesting cases for forest ecosystem innovations across Europe. In addition, a member meeting will be organized on the subject in order to provide the project organizer with relevant practitioner experiences in the area of ecosystem services.

Members will be invited to attend SINCERE workshops and conferences. EUSTAFOR will be a co-organizer of the final science policy event in Brussels to take place in November 2021.

For more information on the project can be found on EUSTAFOR’s website page dedicated to the SINCERE Project.

Previous work by EUSTAFOR on ecosystem services:
Ecosystem Services in European State Forests (brochure from 2011)
Ecosystem Services in European State Forests – Case Studies (2011)

LVM GEO Mobile – Latest Geospatial Data All in One Place

The latest information from the most important geospatial data creators in Latvia has been updated and supplemented in the LVM GEO Mobile mobile device app created by JSC “Latvia’s State Forests” (LVM). The app updates are binding on every resident of Latvia, as well as on forestry professionals.

With the new version of the app, anyone interested will now have on-line access to the State Land Service cadastre, the Rural Support Service Field Register and Nature Protection Board environmental protection areas: specially protected nature areas, microreserves and their buffer zones, EU habitats, secular trees, tree plantations, nature monuments and geological formations.

This new information can be viewed in the app along with the already available orthophoto, LVM forest map, terrain model, background map offered by the publishing house “Jāņa sēta”, ZMNĪ (Real Estate of the Ministry of Agriculture) reclamation cadastre, vegetation patterns, and other geospatial data and map services.

“Mobile and geospatial technologies have great potential, without which future forestry is unthinkable. Currently, the development of the LVM GEO Mobile app has just started and the work on its functional capabilities is continuing. However, we can already assess the importance of this application at the level of availability of new geospatial data that can be used by every resident of Latvia on their mobile devices. Collecting geospatial data and services in one place, making them available to any user, and, no less important, keeping the data up to date – these are just some of the important tasks for years to come. We are satisfied with the work done, but we continue to work on the next challenges, since this is just the beginning,” says Māris Kuzmins, Head of LVM GEO Geospatial Information Technology Development Team.

 GEO Mobile is a free map application for mobile devices primarily intended for JSC “Latvia’s State Forests” and other forest management companies to receive geospatial tasks. However, LVM GEO Mobile app can be useful to anyone interested, for example, to find one’s bearings in nature.


Secondary School Students are Invited to Take Part in the LVM Bio-economy School Scholarship Contest

JSC “Latvia’s State Forests” (LVM) calls on secondary school students and students of vocational education institutions to participate in the LVM Bio-economy School scholarship competition. For the first round of the competition, all interested should submit their vision for a poster on the theme “Forest for Latvia. The Next 100”; it should be done before 31 January 2019.

After evaluating the posters submitted for the first round of the competition, the authors of the best works will have the opportunity to acquire new knowledge by heading for a one-day expedition to LVM-managed forests and JSC “Latvijas Finieris” factories together with industry experts. The acquired knowledge and the new impressions will help the contestants create a video message for the UN International Day of Forests, which will have the decisive role in the decision as to who will receive the LVM Bio-economy School scholarship.

JSC “Latvia’s State Forests” scholarship fund – 1500 euros. New this year – additional scholarships of recognition in the amount of 250 euros for two most creative students of schools in Riga city from LLC “Rīgas Meži”, and one scholarship for innovative presentation of wood products to be granted by JSC “Latvijas Finieris”.

The LVM Bio-economy School scholarship competition for secondary school students is already for the third year organised by JSC “Latvia’s State Forests” in cooperation with the association “Zaļās mājas”, JSC “Latvijas Finieris”, LLC “Rīgas meži” and the National Centre for Education with the aim to raise public awareness of the growing role of forest resources in addressing environmental problems.

The registration form and additional information on the scholarship competition are available on the website