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Unión de Selvicultores del Sur de Europa



    Founded in 1945, it brings together more than one million hectares of family-owned forest in South-West France. It safeguards the interests of forest owners against any abusive or discriminatory application of the law and economic, tax and environmental regulations, particularly the latter. It proposes guidance and reforms to encourage the independent management and galvanising of the forest economy at local level (regional government), national level (Parliament) and European level (via the USSE).


    This private, non-profit association was created in Santiago de Compostela in 1986. It unites private forest owners from woodland communities in associations across Galicia. Its duties primarily focus on representing its members before forestry authorities, contributing to the preparation of forestry policy in line with its members interests, providing information and technical advice, fostering forestry research, providing training to improve forestry-related knowledge and management skills, and promoting initiatives that contribute to boosting added value to resources produced by Galician forests.


    This non-profit association has a team of highly skilled, constantly evolving professionals aiming to cover the needs and interests of forest owners in all areas. Foresna Zurgaia was established in 1992, with the need to create an association that would unit small forest owners and public woodland owning entities. The objectives of the association are as follows: to unit forest owners, woodland owners and forestry managers, to represent, defend and negotiate the interests and rights of forest owners of Navarra before national and international Public Authorities, the media and general public opinion, to perform studies, make proposals and reports on forestry issues, and to present and disseminate these among affiliates, entities, bodies and companies, and to advise and inform its members for optimal forestry management.


    The Confederación de Forestalistas del País Vasco unites the forestry association of the three historical territories of the Basque Autonomous Region, and currently has nearly 5,200 members, thus representing roughly half of the private forest area in Euskadi. Its objectives include the following: to represent its members, forest owners, in regional, state and European forums, to lead the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) in Euskadi, to provide tools to face the challenges of forest owners, to promote the use of wood as a fine, renewable material, to disseminate the values of forestry activities to the Basque population, and to promote the genetic improvement of Basque forest stands. It publishes an informative journal entitled Euskadi forestal-Euskadi Basogintza. The Confederation offers on-going training services and participates in European forestry projects and R&D+i. Lastly, it offers its members civil liability insurance for their owned forests.


    The Portugal Forestry Association is a, non-profit national, federation of local associations, founded in 1992 with the purpose of actively supporting management, defense and associativism in private and community forests. It currently brings together 33 associate forest owner organisations in the scope of sub-regional action, providing technical support and representing more than 17,500 forest owners.