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Forestry contractors quality assessment system

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
4.01.01  Biotechnical sciences  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Forest - forestry 

Code Science Field
B430  Biomedical sciences  Sylviculture, forestry, forestry technology 

Code Science Field
4.01  Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences  Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 
Keywords
forestry, forest operations, forestry contractors evaluation, online portal
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (14)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publications
1.  05778  MSc Marjan Dolenšek  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2016 - 2019  792 
2.  34177  Tina Jemec  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2016 - 2019  191 
3.  39600  PhD Jernej Jevšenak  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Technician  2017 - 2019  87 
4.  21136  Jaka Klun  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Technician  2016 - 2019  163 
5.  17034  PhD Nike Krajnc  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Principal Researcher  2016 - 2019  919 
6.  12796  PhD Janez Krč  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2016 - 2019  308 
7.  29335  PhD Matevž Mihelič  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2016 - 2019  96 
8.  19950  MSc Mitja Piškur  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2016 - 2018  368 
9.  22576  PhD Anton Poje  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2016 - 2019  129 
10.  11619  MSc Robert Robek  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2016  292 
11.  37845  Todora Rogelja  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2016  46 
12.  38471  Darja Stare  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2016 - 2019  204 
13.  36223  Špela Ščap  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2017 - 2019  217 
14.  35079  Matevž Triplat  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Technician  2016 - 2019  207 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publications
1.  0404  Slovenian Forestry Institute  Ljubljana  5051673000  11,778 
2.  0481  University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty  Ljubljana  1626914  64,118 
Abstract
In Slovenia, experience in the field of objective assessment of forestry contractors is limited, however in the last few years a significant increase in the number of providers of such services has been recorded. In sustainable forest management, a large number of forestry contractors cannot be the sole factor encouraging increased competitiveness of the forestry sector. In other countries, the criteria for the minimum price for a service is increasingly often faced with the quality of implemented works, while quality criteria include environmental, social and also business aspects of the contract seeker–contractor relationship. The proposed project intends to help increase the competitiveness of the Slovenian forestry sector through developing and implementing a transparent forestry contractors quality assessment system. Following the example of established web platforms which enable the bringing together of providers and service seekers within the economy and tourism sectors, and in respect of the characteristics of the forestry sector business processes, we shall develop a transparent and objective web information system for the assessment of the adequacy of forestry contractors implementing one or more forestry work phases in Slovenia. The basis for this information system shall be an innovative methodology for assessing the work of forestry contractors. The forestry contractors assessment methodology shall be comprised of an automated assessment of a formal suitability of the forestry contractor based on primary data sources on business entities, which shall be upgraded with an independent professional assessment of the business subject's suitability for implementing certain forestry work (following the method of accommodation categorisation (categories / stars). Within the framework of developing an independent category, we shall determine its validity period and the procedures for unannounced checks to verify the eligibility for a specified category. The primary consideration in designing the method shall be the independence of the category, the possibility to obtain the category for different-sized companies, and taking into account that criteria which is key for quality implementation of forestry works and can help the user of this service in his or her final decision on a forestry contractor. Apart from the categorisation of forestry contractors, a method for contract seekers to directly rank the quality of implemented works shall also be developed. The average rank, obtained through service users, shall be published together with acquired categories (primary integrated assessment) of the contractor. The ranks shall be acquired for those forestry contractors, who during the project implementation period shall voluntarily enter our system in order to acquire an independent professional assessment (a special questionnaire for seekers of actual services shall be designed and used for this purpose). Additionally, we shall study the possibility of service seekers ranking the contractors' work directly within the web information system (portal). To ensure the credibility of the assessor of a certain contractor, we shall establish mechanisms for the prevention of web information system misuse. The developed methods shall be used to establish a web portal or a web information system, which shall enable the bringing together of all forestry wood chain stakeholders (from forestry services providers (forestry undertakings), service users (forest owners, forest managers), to business entity primary data source administrators). The development of the primary building block of the web information system shall strive to ensure that the main added value of the proposed project shall be a website forming a basis for the inclusion of all target user groups. Throughout the whole project period, a contract shall be concluded with an external contractor (information system establishment and maintenance), while team members shall focus on
Significance for science
The aim of this project is to develop a tool which shall help ensure a greater competitiveness of the forestry sector, which can be achieved through economically and ecologically sound forest management. With this project, we wish to solve the problem of potential misuses and frauds that are a consequence of ever changing conditions in the forestry services market. This project strives to help establish a better regulated forest management system for both state and privately owned forests, as Slovenia at the moment does not have a unified system of forestry contractors. The forestry contractors quality assessment web information system, which will be developed within the scope of this project, is an innovative approach to services market regulation. The idea of a unified system has often been discussed in the past as it would help increase the quality of the implemented work and at the same time contribute to forest management sustainability and versatility, which is a goal in Slovenian forestry and is part of the Forest Act. This project is important for the development of the scientific field and especially for the development of a unified system, which can surpass the present conditions and shall greatly influence the structure of the forestry services market. This project shall undoubtedly greatly influence the competitiveness of the services and help ensure a better structure and the ability for faster acting in case of larger emergencies (e.g. ice damage). The development of the web information system shall play an important role in bringing together science, the scientific field and the general public. It shall influence the current data transfer method, especially between smaller forest owners, who in the past made decisions based on personal relations. The system shall be easy to use, however it shall enable efficient content transfer to final users. It shall also influence the bringing together of all stakeholders identified during this project. The system shall offer them choices and also a platform for promotions. This motivation shall entice forestry contractors to enter the market in a competitive way. This project shall contribute to better understanding and bringing about the socio-economic goals in the field of forestry.
Significance for the country
In Slovenia, there is a wider policy scope linked with innovation and research encouragement, and there are also several national programmes promoting forest management and thus contributing to a common economic progress. With this project, we shall help to achieve some of the goals from these documents, as it is closely aligned with national priorities, especially those aiming to increase the competitiveness of services and the efficient use of natural resources. The main goal of this project follows the action plan »Wood is Beautiful« (2012) with its aim to increase the competitiveness of the forestry sector throughout the whole forestry wood chain in Slovenia, which is facilitated by adequate quantities of domestic raw material. This project shall also contribute to the realization of the action plan goal by bringing together several forestry stakeholders – they shall take part in the system development; owners, forest managers and forestry contractors shall be informed and their needs shall be coordinated. With this project, we shall contribute to the attainment of goals described in the draft of the comprehensive strategic document »Slovenia's Development Strategy (2014-2020)« (2013), where one of the identified priority areas is Green Living Environment, which aims to increase the use of renewable energy resources for the production of electrical and thermal energy, establish an internationally renowned sector and new jobs in the area of efficient use and utilization of renewable sources, and improve forest management efficiency. The web information system shall diversify the forestry contractors market and thus increase wood use efficiency – which is in theory a sustainable renewable natural resource – and increase the efficiency of state owned forests management. This project shall also help fulfil the Strategy's priority to promote the design and implementation of financial instruments aimed at the development, financing and implementation of investments in the field of efficient natural resources management. The development of the web information system, which also follows the plans defined within the »Smart Specialisation Strategy of the Republic of Slovenia (2015)«, shall contribute to better understanding of Slovenian market capabilities, and it shall encourage entrepreneurship and the possibility of cooperation with the goal of achieving a more unified entry into the market. Despite the fact that Slovenian natural resources are well preserved, the pressures surrounding their preservation drive the need for establishing an even better management system, as forests ensure well-being and ecosystem services. Smart specialisation promotes new innovative technological solutions which can be transferred into the economic sector. The developed assessment methods for forestry contractors shall hold significant meaning also for the relevant ministry, as methods and databases developed within the scope of this project shall directly contribute to the development of good practices, the promotion of quality contractors and a general betterment of forestry work culture both in state and privately owned forests. Should the web information system receive good feedback from service providers and their customers, the maintenance of the platform shall be transferred over to the Public Forestry Service.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2016, 2018, final report
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2018, final report
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