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Promoting Green Jobs in the Forest Sector

27 - 28 June 2017

Slovak Republic, Bratislava

Forest Europe and the UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section organized a joint workshop under the auspices of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic from 27—28 June 2017 in Bratislava, Slovakia. 

The forest sector has a great potential to generate jobs and income, support livelihoods and contribute to rural development by suppling goods and maintaining forest ecosystem services. The forest sector is expected to play an important role in the emerging green economy in the pan-European region. The transition to a greener economy offers opportunities for economic prosperity, environmental protection and social inclusion, and can contribute to the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Download the Background Document.

The workshop took place at the Hotel Saffron in Bratislava, the Slovak Republic.

For more information about the meeting please visit the website of Forest Europe.

For questions please contact the secretariat.



Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Plenary Session: Setting the scene

The concept of Green jobs according to the International Labour Organization (ILO)Jovan PortićPDF
International Standard Classification of Occupations and respective competences in the labour marketSoňa ŠedajováPDF
Green jobs in the forest sector – joint efforts of FOREST EUROPE, ILO, UNECE, FAOMichal VančoPDF
Examples of occupations and potential new green jobs in the forest sectorDiarmuid McAreePDF
The Potential of the bioeconomy for the creation of green jobs in SwedenStefan KarlsssonPDF


Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Parallel Session I: Occupational health and safety of forest workers

How health and safety of forest workers are addressed in the international FSC certification schemeJohn HontelezPDF
How health and safety of forest workers are reflected in the PEFC certification scheme at the national levelHubert PalušPDF
Health and safety of forest workers in the occupational certification developed by forestry cooperativesÜnal ÖrnekPDF
Outcomes of Session IPDF


Parallel Session II: Education and training for new skills development in the forest sector

Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills and Erasmus+ programme for new skills developmentAlexandra JunáškováPDF
Support for specific green jobs in forestry through the EU Bioeconomy Strategy and Horizon 2020Doru-Leonard IrimiePDF
New skills requirements and innovative approaches to knowledge transfer in forestry educationMika RekolaPDF
Forestry education in Forestry Extension Institute in NorwayBjørn Helge BjørnstadPDF
Outcomes of Session IIPDF


Parallel Session III: Social equity and gender issues

Gender aspects in forestry – the view from Scotland and the United KingdomEleanor HarrisPDF
Social aspects of the forest sector workforce in Serbia and the Western BalkansBranko GlavonjicPDF
Social aspects of the forest sector workforce in Ukraine and Eastern EuropeOrest KiykoPDF
Migrant workers in the forest sector in GermanyThilo WagnerPDF
Outcomes of Session IIIPDF


Parallel Session IV: Creating green job opportunities in the forest sector

Cross- sectoral approach to green jobs creation in integrated programmes of land and water management; examples, experiences and findingsRory HarringtonPDF
Green Care FOREST: Prescribe yourself a dose of forest. Jobs! Jobs. Jobs?Christian LacknerPDF
New green forest jobs potential - The example of funeral forests in Germany and other European countriesJosef HerkendellPDF
Outcomes of Session IVPDF



Please find below a small selection of pictures from the meetin.

You can access the full album here.


Opening Session

From left: Alexander Buck (IUFRO), Gabrialea Matecna (Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic), Ludmila Marusakova (FOREST EUROPE), Alicja Kacprzak (UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section)


Panel Discussion on the current situation of green jobs and challenges and opportunities for the future


The Panel, Speakers and Organisers

From left: Rory Harrington, Alexander Buck, Knut Oistad, Peter Mayer, Pierre Hermans, Ludmila Marusakova, Bernhard Budil, Piotr Borkowski, Michal  Vanco, Unal Ornek, Alicja Kacprzak, Andrzej Schleser, Diarmuid McAree


Session II: Education and training for new skills' development in the forest sector


Field Trip