Our team over years collected various statistics related to forests and forestry in the Balkan Region. They include statistics on woodland area, planting, timber, trade, climate change, environment, efficiency, employment and finance & prices as well as some statistics on international forestry.
Energy statistics are the foundation for developing sound national energy policies as they reveal where interventions are required and what opportunities are available. Yet many countries find it difficult to make right policy decisions at the national level because of unreliable energy data. We are collecting , processing and analysing energy data collected from Western Balkan Countries since 2000.
Forest policy is considered to be a negotiated agreement between government and stakeholders (i.e. all those who depend on or benefit from forests or who decide on, control or regulate access to these resources) on the orientations and principles of actions they adopt, in harmony with national socioeconomic and environmental policies, to guide and determine decisions on the sustainable use and conservation of forest and tree resources for the benefit of society. A national forest policy is not to be unilaterally imposed by government. Ideally, it is an agreement among bodies that represent different forest interests and is formally adopted by government. With this in mind we are pursuing and supporting dialog between various stakeholders in this process.
Energy policy is the manner in which a given entity (often governmental) has decided to address issues of energy development including energy production, distribution and consumption.
The Sustainable Energy Policy is establishing an integrated policy framework for managing the social, economic and environment challenges faced by the countries as they relate to energy production and use. There are three important goals: secure and affordable energy, smarter use of energy and cleaner energy. We are collecting information on existing energy policies in the Western Balkan Region, make sure that they are communicated to and understood by society and end users. We collect feedback and opinion from the various interested groups and promote it back to decision makers.
The energy intensity of the six Western Balkans’ countries is around three times higher than the average for the European Union. This high energy intensity is a result of aged and often obsolete energy infrastructure and poorly maintained and/or outdated energy-using capital stock – especially in industry and buildings. It is critical that the Western Balkans countries capture the enormous energy efficiency potential. When properly supported by a solid legal and institutional framework and backed up by well designed and implemented investment programmes, increased energy efficiency delivers many cost-effective benefits for competitiveness, the environment, security of energy supply and economic development in general.
Forest Watchdog is process of critically monitoring of the activities of governments, industry, or other organizations and alerting the public when the actions is detected that goes against the public interest in the forest sector.
Energy Watchdog is process of critically monitoring of the activities of governments, industry, or other organizations and alerting the public when the actions is detected that goes against the public interest in the energy sector.
Urban forestry is the careful care and management of tree populations in urban settings for the purpose of improving the urban environment. Urban forestryadvocates the role of trees as a critical part of the urban infrastructure.
“Let the children be free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and, when the grass of the meadows is damp with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath its shade; let them shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning as it wakes every living creature that divides its day between waking and sleeping.”