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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 Association was created in the spring of 2010 with the aim of uniting the greatest amount of forest owners and bringing together the largest possible land mass (farms, woodlands...), in awareness that one of the Asturian forestry sector's main problems is smallholding. It was created with the intention of solving this problem and turning woodland into a profitable and economically interesting sector for both large and small owners. Its ultimate mission is to group all individuals and entities, whether public or private, owning forest lands in the Asturias region, in order to provide them with information, advice and technical support, to contribute to enhancing the value of woodlands through the improvement of forest production quantity and quality, to represent and defend owners before various authorities and bodies, to provide the various public authorities with opinions of the forest owners, to support and encourage forestry research and to foster initiatives and make proposals to improve the structure of forest ownership, in the form of technically appropriate and economically sound exploitation units.


    This is a non-profit association created in 1986. It has its own legal identity and is governed by its own partners who appoint a Management Board and General Assembly. Its mission is to provide its associates with technical advice, information on companies for the execution of forest works, information on loggers, and the timber market situation, management and processing of subsidy requests, drafting of technical reports, preparation of quotations, certified land for reforestation (25%), discount on project development fees, receipt of bulletins, informative talks and advice concerning the Tax Reform and its impact on the forestry sector.


    This is a non-profit organisation that has been representing forest owners in Castilla y León since 1990. It arose as an initiative of provincial forestry associations which has worked in favour of the interests of woodlands of Castilla y León and forest owners for more than 20 years. It is formed by nine forest owners associations (one for each province of Castilla y León) and has more than 8,000 members (representing some 50,000 individuals). Its associate forest area is more than 500,000 hectares, i.e. around 25% of all private woodlands of Castilla y León. Its fundamental purpose is to represent and defend the interests of the private forestry sector in Castilla y León, which represents 60% of the Region's total forest area.


    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 movement of national associations, founded in 1992 with the purpose of actively supporting the management, protection of associations in the private sector and the community's forests. It currently brings together 31 associate forest owner organisations in the scope of sub-regional action, providing technical support and representing more than 12,000 forest owners.