Czech University of Life Sciences
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CZU) is the third largest public university in Prague focused on agriculture, forestry, environment, engineering, economy, management, and business. The University combines a hundred-year tradition with modern technology, progressive science and research. Modern laboratories with top facilities allow excellent education with the possibility of personal growth, including involvement in scientific projects at home and abroad. CZU provides complete university studies, summer schools, special courses, university of the third age. According to international rankings, the university is among the best 3 percent in the world.
Forests of the Slovak Republic
LESY Slovenskej republiky, state enterprise (in translation:State Enterprise Forests of the Slovak Republic) was established by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the SR. It is the utility state enterprise with the core task being the management of forest and other property in the ownership of the Slovak Republic. It is the economic organisation with the right of sustainable business activity, the permanent production operation and sales organisation. Within its utility activities, in addition to the classic forestry activities on the area of 893,017 ha across Slovakia, it manages 45 noted forest places as the unique places of cultural and natural heritage, the unique Forest Open-air Museum in Vydrov, 34 forest educational paths, it does forest pedagogy through which it tries to environmentally educate children and to make them familiar with forest and foresters´work.
National Association of Private Forest Owners and Forest Managers
The National Association of Private Forest Owners and Forest Managers in Hungary (MEGOSZ) represents the interests of private forest owners and forest managers at national and European level. It formulates and articulates commonly agreed opinions of the private forest management sector,such as forest ownership and legislations regarding forest management in privately owned forests. It cooperates with other professional, owner, public and interest representative organizations, educational, scientific and research institutions. The Association organises extension workshops for professionals, meetings, study tours together with educational organisations and international NGO’s in Hungary or abroad.
Southwestern State Forest Enterprise
The Southwestern State Forest Enterprise (SWSFE) was established by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forests in 2011 in accordance with the Bulgarian Forestry Act. SWSFE manages all state-owned forests within 7 administrative districts in Bulgaria and has 40 territorial subdivisions: 34 state forestry units and 6 state hunting units. The overall area of the forests within the territorial scope of SWSFE is 934 968 ha out of which 686 310 ha (73,4%) are state-owned forests, over 60% of which fall within the boundaries of Natura 2000 protected sites. The forestry and hunting units have more than 100-years old experience in the management and restoration of the respective forest areas. As result of the sustainable management of the state forests the annual cut is kept at nearly 60% of the annual forest growth, the forest areas are increasing steadily the last 60 years and nearly 60% of all forests possess the prerequisite to be part and be protected by the Natura 2000 network.
WWF Bulgaria is part of the global WWF network and works since 1998 to promote conservation, restoration and sustainable management of natural resources. We focus our work on several key areas: Forests, Climate Change, Wildlife and Freshwater.
Over the past decade WWF Bulgaria has implemented numerous projects related to forest habitat conservation and restoration including projects, supported by corporate donors (i.e. IKEA, Mondi, etc.), and is currently partnering with Interpol on the topic of illegal logging. Our climate program has focused in the past 10 years on both climate mitigation and adaptation, and has worked with scientific and policy partners on programs such as Horizon 2020, IEE, EUKI, etc.
WWF established its office in Hungary in 1991. The four main focuses of WWF Hungary’s work are freshwater, forests, large carnivores and climate change. Our work aims at i) the improvement of the national and EU legal, political and economic environment and making it more favourable for the conservation of biodiversity ii) improvement of and making a contribution for the ecological status of species and habitats in Hungary and on European level and iii) the sustainable use of natural resources.Besides advocacy and fieldwork we put emphasis on communication. We are raising awareness through communication campaigns (like Earth Hour), publications, trainings, citizen’s forums and professional dialogues.
WWF started working in Romania from the beginning of the 1990s, supporting the preserving and the rehabilitation of the Danube Delta wetlands. In time, the WWF diversified its activity working at national level and Danube basin level in fields such as conservation and sustainable management of protected natural areas including aquatic ecosystems (e.g. wetlands), rehabilitation of natural areas affected by human activities. WWF Romania is managing a Natura 2000 site situated on the lower Danube floodplain that help in profound understanding (impacts and efficiency of the European and national policies on the nature, local economy and society).