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Development of indicators and methodology for monitoring of forest contractors

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 
Forestry, forest operations, Rural development program, evaluation of measures, safety at work, forest contractors
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (15)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  54339  Mirko Baša    Technical associate  2020 - 2021  20 
2.  05778  MSc Marjan Dolenšek  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2018 - 2021  877 
3.  34177  Tina Jemec  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Technical associate  2018 - 2021  191 
4.  17034  PhD Nike Krajnc  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Head  2018 - 2021  953 
5.  12796  PhD Janez Krč  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2018 - 2021  316 
6.  37794  Vasja Leban  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Technical associate  2018 - 2021  117 
7.  25668  PhD Špela Pezdevšek Malovrh  Biotechnical sciences  Researcher  2018 - 2021  307 
8.  19950  MSc Mitja Piškur  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2018  369 
9.  29428  PhD Peter Prislan  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2018 - 2021  349 
10.  50648  Kristina Sever  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2018 - 2019  82 
11.  51478  Anica Simčič  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2018 - 2019  37 
12.  38471  Darja Stare  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2018 - 2021  222 
13.  36223  Špela Ščap  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2021  262 
14.  35079  Matevž Triplat  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Technical associate  2018 - 2021  226 
15.  53723  Urban Žitko  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2021  38 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0404  Slovenian Forestry Institute  Ljubljana  5051673000  11,872 
2.  0481  University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty  Ljubljana  1626914  66,575 
When concessions for the management in state forests expired, the number, structure and organization of forestry contractors have changed under the influence of the new market laws introduced by the Law on Management of Forests Owned by the Republic of Slovenia (ZGGLRS, 2016). Therefore, assessment of existing data sources is crucial, they will serve as a basis for the creation of new policies, actions in case of large-scale disturbances, the reduction in the size of the grey economy and the approximation to even greater professionalization of forestry works. Older studies (Medved (2000), Robek et al. (2005)) show that majority of forest work are carried out by the forest owners themselves or within the neighbourly help. This is also confirmed by some recent studies (SURS, 2016). Nowadays it is impossible to expect, that all forest owners will actively work in their forests or, that they will be equipped and trained to work safely, harmless and economically efficient. For this reason, we anticipate that the forestry services market will continue to develop and expand in the future, which requires improvement of the monitoring system and the adjustment in incentive and support policies. Beside of statistically correct data collection in the field of forestry research at SORS ( Statistical office of RS), there are also areas that are not covered by official data. One of them is detailed feature (qualitative structure of contractors, extent of neighbourly help …) of carrying out activities in private and state forests. With the new organization of forestry, most of the work carried out in state forests has shifted to many service providers who carry out work in both private and state forests. In terms of implementing policy, the information on the amount of work carried out by registered operators in private forests it is important, but currently little known. Activities of the contractors in the framework of supplementary activities on farms and the organized forms of neighbourly help have been strengthened. They are one of the important recipients of funds from the Rural development programme (RDP) measures, but are not currently included in the SORS surveys, so it is important to pay more attention to this area.   Measures for the improvement of the forestry services offer in the Republic of Slovenia under the RDP supported investments for the purchase of new mechanization and new equipment for logging and harvesting in order to improve the forest-wood value chain and increase the efficiency of the operation and competitiveness of the economies / companies. Evaluated measures showed that the objectives should be achieved, but the basis for such assessment is simple and allow different interpretations. In principle, there are no major contents in the evaluation, except for operations with the number of beneficiaries and areas of recipient forests, and a rather specific quantitative indicator of the increase in gross value added (GVA) among investors supported by the RDP. Actual effects of the measures based on the above indicators can’t be assessed. The main objective of the project is to increase the competitiveness of the forestry sector by improving the way of monitoring the situation in the field of forestry work and evaluating the measures of the Rural Development Program (RDP). The objective will be achieved thorough the analysis of the situation in the field of forestry work, thorough the analysis of the implemented RDP measures (2007-2013), through the development of an improved methodology for evaluating measures and through an improved monitoring system. The main outcome of the project will be proposals for improvement of the existing monitoring system and proposals for monitoring the effects of RDP measures in the future. Another important result will be a proposal of the RDP measures in support of forestry investments and organizational measures. The project consists of three main parts. The first part of the pr
Significance for science
With the project, we want to make a review and develop an appropriate methodology for monitoring the situation in the field of forestry contractors and also in the field of private forest owners who work in their forest by themselves or in the context of neighbourly help. With this method we will provide information about forestry contractor and forest owners work and ensure transparency over the situation in Slovenia now and in the future. The data we will obtain will serve also for further research in this area. The project’s aim is to contribute to professionalize forest work that will help to increase competitiveness of forestry sector. We also want to contribute to the reduction of the grey economy in forestry works and thus contribute to the development of qualified and adequately equipped contractors. By increasing the professionalization of works in forestry, we will also increase safety and health of forest work and directly reduce the number of accidents at forest’s work. With better transparency of implementing works (especially in private forests) we will ensure to decision makers and planners to take new and more efficient measures for further improved situation. During the project we will check the existing methods of data collection and complete missing information with independent surveys. Such an insight into the existing statistics will contribute to complement data collection in future, which will benefit both SORS and other data users. The project concerns more orderly and transparent system of forestry work, both in state and private ownership. Transparent organization, equipment and skills of forestry contractors (including those contractors who implement work in different forms of neighbourly help) is crucial for shaping further politics and measures in the further perspective of RDP (Rural Development Program). With a better knowledge of the forestry work field, we will contribute indirectly and in the long term to the higher quality of the works carried out, while contributing to the sustainability and multipurpose forest management, as the Slovenian forestry aims and is based on the Forest Act. Project is important for development of the profession, especially in the forestry work point of view and in the search for the answer “Who performs works in forests”, which is beyond our current knowledge of the situation and will significantly influence the regulation of the forestry service market. The project will certainly have a major impact on the competitiveness of service providers and on better organization and ability to act more quickly in cases of exceptional events, like wind breakage, ice storm. An overview over contractors and measures of RDP will significantly impact the integration of science, the profession and the general public. It will influence the way in which information is transferred so far, especially among smaller forest owners, who still work in their forest alone or in the form of neighbourly help. The project will also have a positive impact on the integration of all stakeholders along forestry-wood chain identified during the project. Project will help to a better knowledge and realization of socio-economic goals in the field of forestry.
Significance for the country
The results of the project will be very important for policy-making in the future as they will be an initial collection of lessons learned from the field of forest work and will contribute to improving the data collection and monitoring of the situation in the future. The results will help simplify the preparation of measures after large-scale natural disturbances, which are more and more frequent lately (e.g., ice break, gradation of bark beetle, wind storms). This way the information could be directly used by the Slovenian Forest Service in the field of forest development. In the field of forest management, it is important to know who forestry contractors are and what are their capacities. The information collected during the project could also serve as a basis for the preparation of restoration and intervention plans in the case of pests gradation or the occurrence of non-native species. The results will give the economy an insight into the situation in the field of forestry work, information on the services market, the scope of services and characteristics of forestry contractors (size of enterprises, equipment of companies ...). Such a review will enable companies to identify areas where their business can be expanded, while at the same time allowing more rational decisions in purchasing forestry machinery. An overview of the forest work implementation in private forests will enable the contractors to, strategically and in the long term, plan the future development of their activities. Good strategic planning will enable contractors to respond faster in case of unexpected events (natural disturbances) and will cause lesser economic consequences for the economy (the timber will be cut down in the optimal time, the damaged wood will be sold at the most optimal price).   The review and assessment of the current performance of the RDP (Rural Development Programme) measures in the field of forestry work will, in the long run, enable the development of measures that will further target the development of contractors in the areas that will prove to be the most crucial and necessary for additional support.
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