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Agriculture - Planting the seeds for sustainable farming and forestry
“Towards the sustainable long-term management of European forests”

The problem

Policy-makers in Europe are seeking less intrusive modes of governance to achieve their policy objectives. National forest programmes have been recognised as a potential model but neither comparative analyses nor systematic evaluations of the effectiveness of these practices have been undertaken. Evaluation of new modes of governance as a means to safeguard sustainable management of European forests would pay massive dividends.

GoFor  New modes of governance for sustainable forestry in Europe


GoFor will undertake a comprehensive review of new modes of governance potentially suitable for forest management. It will be based on case studies across ten European countries. The project will:

  • Identify best practice and evaluate their suitability for transfer from one situation or location to another.
  • Improve the scientific support for the development, implementation and evaluation of policies promoting sustainable forestry and rural development.

Contribution to policy development:

  • The wide geographic spread of project partners and forestry case studies will provide a well-integrated synthesis of forestry-governance best practice to inform European policy-makers on the best options for
    future policies.
  • GoFor will establish an expert network that will ensure that all European nations have rapid access to the best advice available on forestry governance.

Project deliverables

  • Setting criteria and terms of reference – June 2006
  • Report: Analysis of policy assumptions, preferences and governance practice at national and European level – January 2007
  • Annual project report – January 2007/2008
  • Reports: Proceedings from preliminary assessment workshop – March 2007; Terms of reference and methodology for assessing governance – May 2007; Results of empirical surveys of systems of governance – March 2008; Description of systems of governance found in case-study nations – July 2008; A synthesis of best practice and policy assumptions – January 2009
  • Final report – January 2009


  • Project website –­ ongoing
  • Three project workshops will be organised involving a wide range of forestry
    stakeholders – ongoing
  • Present progress and findings during the course of post-graduate seminars and
    lectures – as needed
  • Significant results will be submitted for publication in international peer-review journals –
    as needed

Technical information

Project acronym: GoFor
Project’s official full title: New modes of Governance for Sustainable Forestry in Europe
Research priority: 1.1. Modernisation and sustainability of agriculture and forestry, including their multifunctional role in order to ensure the sustainable development and promotion of rural areas
Specific webpage: Details not yet available
Proposal/contract no: 006447
Start date: 1 January 2006
Kick off meeting: January
Completion date: 1 January 2009
European Commission scientific officer: Lucas Janssen (

Michael Pregernig (
Name: University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna
Abbreviated name: BOKU
Address: Institute of Forest, Environmental and Natural Resource Policy
Department of Economics and Social
Feistmantelstraße 4
A - 1180 Vienna
Country: Austria
Tel: + 43 1 47654 4404
Fax: + 43 1 47654 4417


Name: Danish Centre for Forest, Landscape and Planning, Royal veterinary and Agricultural College, Hoersholm
Abbreviated name: DFL
Country: Demark

Name: French Institute of Forestry, Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, Nancy
Abbreviated name: ENGREF
Country: France

Name: Georg-August University, Göttingen
Abbreviated name: GAU
Country: Germany

Name: University of West Hungary
Abbreviated name: UWH
Country: Hungary

Name: Wageningen University
Abbreviated name: WU
Country: Netherlands

Name: Mørsforsking
Abbreviated name: MFV
Country: Norway

Name: University Stefan cel Mare, Suceava
Abbreviated name: USV
Country: Romania

Name: National Agricultural Research Foundation
Abbreviated name: NAGREF
Country: Greece

Name: Forest Technology Centre of Catalonia
Abbreviated name: CTFC
Country: Spain