The focus of the meeting was on building capacity for cooperation in the efforts of implementing a Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) in the Western Balkans: Practical implementation of guidelines in particular for High Mixed beech forests and High mixed pine forests.
The main aim of the exposure visit of the REAWG members from the Western Balkans was to introduce with the close to nature forest management in Germany, focusing on the following useful topics such as: practical presentation on close to nature forest management under the climate change in Germany, demonstration plots, thinning concept, biodiversity conservation aspect, eco-tourism, forest management guidelines and practical implementation in Germany and system Training of Trainers up to level of field engineer.
The aim of the meeting is to continue the implementation of the started activities to strengthen the harmonization of agriculture and rural development policy in regard to the implementation of the EU Green Agenda for the Western Balkans and harmonization with the CAP 2021-2027, particularly the transposition of EU legislation in the organic agriculture area.
More than 80 participants, including representatives of the civil society, Ministries for agriculture and rural development from the WB countries, local food producers, national governments, EU organizations and institutions participate at the event.
During the meeting representatives of the ministries and engaged expert were discussing about the collection of the available national soil maps, preparing soil map of the Western Balkans as well as other activities in line with adopted workplan.
One of the outcome of the Study on the role of women in the rural areas in the Western Balkans will be to identify ways and provide policy recommendations on a national level for each of the WB countries/territories as well as on a regional Western Balkan level for women empowerment in the midst of green recovery leading to the sustainable development of Western Balkan societies.