Facts Organisation

Family Forestry organisations are associations organizing family forest owners. We find family forest organisations on local, national, regional and international level.

  • Published: 12.12.2016
  • Published by: Ivar Legallais-Korsbakken
  • Tags: #organisation 
  • The use of the words organisations or associations are not very distinct. Associations are normally organisations where the family forest owner is a member. In some countries, there are organisations in a mix between private and public organisations. Normally there are local associations and the local association is often member of a sub-national/regional association. The sub-national organisations often form a national federation.

    National federations are often member of an international regional organisations, for instance the European family forestry federation. In family forestry, we have the International Forestry Alliance, IFFA, who has national federations as members as well as regional federations as associate members. Some national federations are direct IFFA members as well as indirect members through the regional federation.

    Family forest owners are normally members of their local and national associations. There are however local, regional associations formed as cooperatives, where the forest owners on a cooperative basis are the owners of the forest cooperatives. This is the case when the associations are directly engaged in economic activities as supply and marketing of wood and timber. In some countries, there are association taken care of forest politics and cooperatives taken care of the economic activities. Association and cooperatives normally work closely together. In other countries, the political and economic work is in the same organisation.

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