European forestry contractors join forces to promote the industry

Within the framework of FOREXPO exhibition, the French organisation of land-based contractors hosted on wednesday 15 june a delegation of forestry contractors' organisation of CEETTAR, Confédération Européenne des Entreprises de Travaux Techniques Agricoles, Ruraux et Forestiers.

Paris - 21 June 2016. Eight national organizations of forestry contractors participated in FOREXPO, the fair dedicated to planting techniques, reforestation and forest harvesting. Spain, Bulgaria, Denmark, Sweden, Portugal, Finland and Belgium were represented. "It is with pride that we welcome our European counterparts on this show where all the actors of our industry come together for 3 days", said Gérard Napias, president of the FNEDT.

Invited to discuss in a Standing Committee Forestry meeting, the members of the delegation agreed on three conclusions. As regards sustainable forest management, forestry contractors want to assert their role as a major player. Indeed, their companies are the only contacts between the technical and economic managers of the forest and other interested stakeholders: users, environmental NGOs etc. They play a central role in explaining forestry activities, from forest management to timber transport.

The second point concerns the exchange of data for traceability of the works performed in forest and the mobilization of wood, a guarantee of a true quality of service. Companies face the challenge of transferring digital information to economic and technical stakeholders, both public and private. Awareness of the sector and training of machine operators are clearly identified priorities.

The last time of the exchanges was dedicated to climatic and political uncertainties faced by forestry companies in Europe. Forest fires in Sweden, floods in France and Belgium, diseases in Belgium and political difficulties in Spain, a country with no government and struggling to mobilize European EAFRD funds are as much examples of the current problems. "we all agree to alert the authorities to the need for strong support of our companies. They represent qualified job opportunities in rural areas of European countries", explained Gérard Napias.

The press release in French is available here.
Le communiqué de presse en français est disponible ici.