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Ancient giants and modern challenges – exploring the forests of British Columbia 

By Bas Lerink & Gert-Jan Nabuurs (Wageningen University & Research) 

Douglas fir trees tower over our heads, as we make our way through the inlands of Vancouver Island. While the dimensions of these trees are already impressive, the enormous stumps around them act like headstones of the fallen giants that once dominated the Canadian west coasts’ forests. Some of the stumps bear clear signs of the efforts that were needed to fell them. 150 years ago, settlers were balancing on planks while sawing their way through the thick tree trunks. The cavities where they mounted the planks are visible in photo 1. 

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The invisible workforce: seasonal migration in the forest sector 

They help farmers to pick asparagus and support foresters with salvage-cutting bark-beetle damaged trees: The EU – and especially countries like Spain, Poland and Germany – is heavily dependent on so called “seasonal migrants”, either from other EU Member States or third world countries. Bringing the issue closer to home, Germany receives around 300,000 workers per year for agricultural, horticultural and forestry work, many of them from Central and Eastern Europe, especially Poland and Romania. Very often, they remain invisible. We asked ourselves, how many of these workers can we specifically find in the forest sector? What roles do they play and how can these be distinguished from the agricultural sector? How are the working conditions? And what can we do to make this issue more visible?  

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Green impact, Green Jobs: The future of the pan-European forest sector by FOREST EUROPE and Thünen-Institute

Employment in the pan-European forest sector is decreasing already for some time and the forest sector workforce is aging rapidly. A recent report by FOREST EUROPE and the Thünen-Institute of Forestry provides the latest facts and figures about employment in the pan-European forest sector as well as information about green forest jobs in general and the trends, challenges, and opportunities that green jobs present and recommendations on how to reverse these trends.

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Improving forest resilience and enhancing biodiversity in European Forests: findings, experiences, and prospects

For two days, on June 28-29, over 50 marteloscope managers, researchers, and further forestry experts from more than 12 European countries participated in a workshop…

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International Event: Fostering Innovation Towards a More Sustainable Forest Sector in Europe

ROSEWOOD4.0 harnesses digital solutions and boosts knowledge transfer to connect multiple actors along the forest value chain to reinforce the sustainability of wood mobilisation and the forestry sector in Europe.

The European Forest Institute’s Mediterranean Facility together with Steinbeis Europa Zentrum (SEZ) are hosting an exciting international event on 14-15 June: Fostering Innovation Towards a More Sustainable Forest Sector in Europe. This is the final two-day hybrid event of the EU ROSEWOOD4.0 project, focusing on digitalisation in forestry, which will be held at the Sant Pau Art Nouveau site in Barcelona, Spain, and will also be streamed online.

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What can we say about forest-related employment and green jobs in the forest sector after 3 years?

What has been happening since its inception? “It is an exciting time to summarize what we have done for the past 3.5 years and look…

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Join the Grow Green Jobs campaign

FOREST EUROPE would like to invite you to take part in our current online Tag and Share Instagram campaign: Grow Green Jobs!

The campaign aims at raising awareness among students as well as young professionals in the fields of forestry, natural sciences, agriculture, and agroforestry. We want them to know the existing professions and career paths that are fostering a transition to a more sustainable economy in Europe. We want to inspire students and young professionals, and expect them to share their own experiences with sustainable jobs in the forest. Grow Green Jobs will showcase jobs from all over Europe in the format of one-minute videos.

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FOREST EUROPE webinar series: From the roots to the canopy

FOREST EUROPE brand new webinar series “From the roots to the canopy” will guide you through key topics (see the Work Programme 2021-24), and to forest-related emerging issues relevant at the pan-European level. This series will enhance cross-sectoral knowledge exchange and target…

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