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Strengthening NAPFO and APFO in Kosovo

11 Jul, 2017


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Improvement to Kosovo’s National Association of Private Forest Owners (NAPFO) and local Associations of Private Forest Owners (APFOs) is important for private forestry sector development.

A workshop to strengthen the internal functioning of NAPFOs and APFOs was held in Durres, Albania on 8-10 June 2017. Funded through the Sida-funded Strengthening Sustainable Private and Decentralised Forestry (SSPDF) project that is being implemented by CNVP, the workshop was attended by representatives of NAPFO and 22 local APFOs.

Delivered by two CNVP consultants, the workshop reviewed statutes, drafted business plans, prepared mid- and long-term strategies, held progress reviews, and used the Organization Assessment Tool (OAT). It also reviewed women’s representation in APFO decision making bodies – a key factor in increasing membership.

Although APFOs have established their structures and increased their capacities, they need to improve their sustainability. Workshop participants therefore discussed membership possibilities, and the role and responsibilities of NAPFO. They also discussed actions to be taken by local APFOs to improve their: functioning and service delivery; promotional and visibility activities; as well as further monitoring of planned actions. They also discussed how APFOs can improve service delivery to their members, including the development of non-wood forest product value chains.