A project to promote sustainable development and sustainable use of forests by improving modern forest policy and economics in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania is under way.

The four-year project is being co-ordinated by the European Forest Institute (EFI) and will include an MSc course in forest policy and economics as well as continuous training for forestry administration personnel.

The forest sector in the Western Balkans region has always been of major economic importance and Ilpo Tikkanen, programme manager for policy analysis at EFI, said that through the project EFI was contributing to the implementation of Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe policy commitments to strengthen capacities and networking in countries with economies in transition.