Title Forest Power
Project Number 2012-1-IS1-LEO05-01836
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
The main aim with the project Forest Power is to reach out to as many forest owners in Iceland as possible with general education, personal visits, publication of teaching materials, through effective website and various continuing education in both classrooms, online and out in the woods.
The project will focus on forestry as a family business that needs to be fostered in order to succeed. This requires knowledge and understanding and by taking part in the project activites, forest owners will increase their awareness of forestry and forestry operations as a family business.
Forestry is young vocation in Iceland but never the less Iceland has good higher education in the forestry sector. The main goal for this project Forest Power is to reach out to owners of small private family forests that might have little or none knowledge on how to run a forest. It will help them improve managing their forests more efficient under Icelandic climate and soil conditions and hopefully work as a wake up call for further education in forestry.
This goal will be reached by transferring the programme Kraftsamling Skog (http://www.lrf.se/Medlem/Foretagande/Skogsbruk/Kraftsamling-Skog/) from Sweden to Iceland.
Forest Power will be a pilot project for further Transfer of Innovation in forestry and is foreseen that this programme Kraftsamling Skog will be transferred to other Nordic countries as well countries in Europe and the Baltic area if this project works well.
Kraftsamling Skog is the Swedish forest owners' knowledge investment for the purpose of improving profitability by increasing forest growth in family forestry. The investment constitutes a part of the LRF’s – The Federation of Swedish Farmers – campaign for the purpose of achieving better profitability, growth and attraction of green businesses, i.e. entrepreneurship based on forests, water and rural environment.
The purpose of Forest Power is to increase the profitability of forestry by increasing forest growth. The vision is a growth increase of 20 % in private forests within the next 50 - 100 years. After attending Forest Power courses participants shall be aware of the opportunities for better profitability through increased growth of their forest.
In Forest Power it will be possible to participate in study groups, courses, excursions, seminars, day or evening meetings, web-based training and get private advice in order to better learn how to increase forest growth and profitability. The book "Nya Tiders Skog" that has been used in Kraftsamling Skog will be translated and localized for Iceland. A new chapter about practical aspects of managing hedgerows and the practical aspects of Christmas tree production will be written by the Danish partner and added to the book. It constitutes the basic textbook for the study groups.
In the second half of the project 8 model farms will be established all over the country and they have a central role in demonstrating the opportunities for increasing growth by practical forest management.
The project Forest Power is based on the Swedish programme Kraftsamling Skog. Kraftsamling Skog is the Swedish forest owners knowledge investment for the purpose of improving profitability by increasing forest growth in family forestry. The purpose of the programme is to increase the profitability of forestry by increasing forest growth.
In Forest Power it will possible to participate in study groups, excursions, seminars, day or evening meetings, web-based training and even get private advice in order better learn how to increase forest growth and profitability.
In Iceland forestry is very young vocation. Around 1200 farmers have forest on their farm, thereof around 400 forest owners have forest of 5-10 hectares which means they do not get any support from the Icelandic Government. It is very urgent to get education and training to them. This project will give forest farmers opportunity to get access to high quality textbook and furthermore it will give the grass root in forestry the change to start educating themselves by joining study groups that will be located all around Iceland.
It is foreseen that after forest owners have attended to this project it will be much easier for them to continue to further studies as the networking between them will be much stronger.
This project will be a pilot project that is foreseen to be transferred to other Nordic countries as to Europe in the future , specially to the Baltic countries. It has been a great success in Sweden and already shown profit for forest owners. Forest Power is foreseen to be continuing project after the granted period is over and will give forest farmers and other people interested in forestry the opportunity to start their education in the field of forestry without to much effort.
Utilization and distribution of results
Open and distance learning
Recognition, transparency, certification
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Administrative and Support Service Activities
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
open and distance learning
material for open learning
program or curricula
Product information Forest Power will provide text book, study circles, e-learning and demonstration farms.