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Evaluating financing of forestry in Europe

Many countries have been reforming their forestry policies in response to changing economic, ecological and social sustainability requirements. Consequently, compared with the past, policy targets have become more complex, and Community measures have come to play a stronger role in the forestry sector. With this project proposal, we aim to enhance studies on the performance of forestry funding in the European Union and European Free Trade Association (EFTA), as well as in selected Countries in Transition (CITs). In the course of the research, public financing will be estimated and normalised to allow for regional comparisons. The effectiveness, efficiency and equity of alternative public financing programmes will also be assessed. The results will increase understanding and transparency of government actions with regard to forestry, providing information for designing public policies, and decreasing the social costs by establishing policy recommendations to avoid poorly performing forestry financing. Furthermore, the CITs will have access to research-based tools for reforming their forestry sectors.

The objectives of EFFE project are:
1) to survey the evaluation methods for public forestry financing, especially concerning the forestry assistance and extension programmes
2) to collect up-to-date data on forestry spending, including the costs and outputs of forestry assistance in different countries in Europe. This step also includes collecting country-specific institutional information
3) to develop theoretical tools for evaluating the effects of public funding using different methods
4) to evaluate the effects of forestry-related funding policies, taking into account the country-specific institutional factors and the importance of the three sustainability criteria:
- economic development
- ecological sustainability
- social equity
5) to analyse the issues of public choice and implementation in relation to forest funding policies, including the non-market failures resulting from institutional factors, such as policy design and implementation, which hinder the effectiveness and efficiency of such policies
6) to compile guidelines for developing, implementing and evaluating forestry-related funding programmes.

Progress to Date
The following sections of the project have been completed:
1. benchmarking overview, evaluating methods and existing experiences at national levels
2) framework for data-collection at national levels
3) project website
4) country-level studies on forestry-related funding mechanisms, using the framework and methods already developed.
The following are still in progress:
1) database on forestry-related funding activities in European countries
2) cost-benefit analysis of the data collected.

Completion of structure for country studies
Guidelines for country studies (in booklet form)
Presentation of country study results
Set of reports on country study data gathering and preliminary analysis
Completion of database
Database on forestry related funding activities in Europe
Completion of comparative analyses
Draft report on results of comparative analysis
Completion of final report
Final project report
Project end date
Wrap-up of project
Completed dissemination of project results


Scientist responsible for the project

Torikatu 34
80100 Joensuu
Finland - FI

Phone: +358 13252020
Fax: +358 13124393


Project ID QLRT-1999-31228
Organisation European Forest Institute
Area 5.3.1
Start date 01 December 2000
Duration (months) 48
Total cost 2 619 999 €
Total EC contribution   1 742 993 €
Status Complete
Web address of the project

The partners

  • Czech University of Agriculture Faculty of Forestry, Czech Republic (The) - CZ

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