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Social Foresty

Social foresty projects set labor market policy measures in the forestry sector that have an integrative effect on the target group of people furthest from the labor market. The work that is carried out under supervision with the target group has positive effects on health and promotes individual skills.

The aim is to create jobs for people with difficult access to the labor market. In order to realize this existing social organizations and funding opportunities can be used and linked to the requirements of employers. The workplaces can be designed in such a way that the advantages of working in nature are used.

The environment of social forestry projects is made up of different fields of activity. The fields of activity include both social and ecological as well as economic components and focus on the following:

Forest work

The forest fulfills numerous functions on different levels for humans animals and nature.Sustainable forest management within the framework of social forest work projects is intended to support the multifunctionality of the forest in all its diversity.Sustainable productive work training in the forest is intended to promote biological diversity productivity the ability to regenerate and the vitality of the forest.

Fields of work in the field of social forestry should support forest owners in their activities. The activities are chosen in such a way that they correspond to the skills of the participants. For work with an increased risk of injury or great physical strain supportive training is developed and trained specialists are brought in.

The following fields of work are defined for sustainable forest management for projects in the context of social forest work: reforestation work forest tending measures assistance activities for timber harvesting forest protection measures maintenance of forest roads.

Work integration

Social forest work projects create jobs or work training opportunities for people who are far from the labor market. The integrative work with the target group promotes resources and increases competencies. The stay in natural forest areas activates health-promoting processes and there is a holistic strengthening of the person.

Targeted work training methods can be used to determine whether the participants are professionally or personally suited to work in the forest. In the structured daily routine practical experience is used to provide professional practice. In addition to the professional approach which is mainly about the practical physical implementation of the work steps it is essential how to work with the participants how the encounter takes place and through which interventions competencies are recorded and promoted.

Through a positive approach to the human image the relationship is built at the different levels of work. (e.g.: trainer and project participant during work training).

By intervening on this relationship level beneficial processes are released whereby the focus is not placed on problems or impairments but rather the work partner is given the opportunity to freely make decisions and thus grow.

Through the development of new training in forestry sector new certification opportunities can be created for the target group of people who are distant from the labor market.

Environmental protection and innovation

Targeted operations enable environmentally friendly management through the use of environmentally friendly work equipment as well as efficient use of resources.Active forest management promotes a species-rich forest which can show increased resilience and adaptability to climatic changes.New innovative projects can create new products and services that bring added value to forestry and forest management.