Fem4Forest / Forests in Women’s Hands

The main objective of Fem4Forest project is to strengthen the forest sector at local, regional and interregional level trough increased involvement and ability of women actors by supporting their equal presence and competences at the market in the Danube region. 

The project offers new and well adapted innovative learning approach which will support a more active role of women in the forest sector.

Fem4Forest identifies and analyses the innovation needs of labour market and forest entrepreneurs and demonstrates the transferability of ideas and good practice examples (GPE) by a series of pilot actions within the Danube region (DR) territory to push forward the ability of women actors to gain a foothold in the workforce resp. innovate their forest business to boost the competitiveness of the forest based sector on the European market. 

Start date: 01-07-2020

End date: 31-12-2022

Budget in Euro:
Overall: 1 622 544 EUR

Call number: Call 3

Priority: Innovative and socially responsible Danube region

Specific objective: Increase competences for business and social innovation

Project websitehttp://www.interreg-danube.eu/approved-projects/fem4forest

24 partners of the project:

Slovenian forestry institute     Slovenia
Forest Training Center Pichl     Austria
NOWA Training Counselling Project management     Austria
Bavarian State Institute of Forestry     Germany
Forest Owner Association Styria     Austria
PRIZMA Foundation for Improvement of Employment Possibilities     Slovenia
Croatian Chamber of Forestry and Wood Technology Engineers     Croatia
Croatian Union of Private Forest Owners Associations     Croatia
University Ştefan cel Mare of Suceava     Romania
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague     Czech Republic
Association Economy and Democracy     Bulgaria
Forestry and Environmental Action     Bosnia & Herzegovina
University of Belgrade-Faculty of Forestry     Serbia
Agency for sustainable development of the Carpathian region “FORZA”     Ukraine
Community of interest Female Forest Owners in Bavaria     Germany
Chamber of agriculture and forestry of Slovenia- Agriculture and forestry institution Maribor     Slovenia
Forest owners association of Slovenia     Slovenia
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management – Directorate of Forests     Serbia
Education Initiative INA of the Styrian Chamber of Agricultural Workers     Austria
College for agriculture and forestry     Austria
LIECO GmbH & Co KG     Austria
Ukrainian Foresters Society     Ukraine
North-East Regional Development Agency     Romania

The planned activities are demand-driven and target three most crucial components: social inclusion, gender equality and economic independency. Due to multi-actor approach Fem4Forest has the genuine and strong involvement of target groups that will be engaged in various activities in order to voice their needs and co-create good practice examples.

The variety of options that already exist in different countries will be analyzed and presented through benchmarking study and through the selection of good practice examples. A new innovative approach for learning from each other and mentoring will be established. Fem4Forest model (demand driven action plan, awareness raising campaign, mentoring and training programme) for integration of women will be developed and tested in pilot actions. Fem4Forest will contribute to a higher employment rate in the Danube region, also through tackling young and long-term unemployment women in rural areas.

The 3rd International Forestry Women's Conference took place on 27 and 28 May 2022 at the Waldcampus in Traunkirchen, located on the beautiful Traunsee lake in Upper Austria, Austria.