Our vision


Making a difference through local partnerships.

DFE works with local organizations in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Nepal, Vietnam and Uganda. Collaborations with local organizations and collaborative partners, contributing our knowledge regarding sustainable forestry, makes for a successful, common strategy for strengthening the populations' knowledge of woods and how to take care of them. 
The collaboration contributes to the development of forest owner organizations, advocating legislation and general framework conditions, promoting the incentives for responsible forestry.

DFE contributes to the work of local organizations with:

  •  capacity building for the partner-organization in mobilizing financial resources for the work

  • training and capacity building to either be a forestry union or to support the foundation of forestry unions, capable of representing their members and safeguarding their interests, including protection of political interests

  • creating access to the market and doing advisory work on responsible forestry. 


DFE believes in collaborations where decisions are made together, with mutual respect and understanding for the cultural (and potentially other) frames, influencing the work. 

Anchoring our work in local organizations and continuously keeping in contact with former partners and collaborators, secures the success of partners and projects. 

DFE is currently working with

fea in Bosnia-Herzegovina

fea is a regional non-governmental network established in 2007 in Sarajevo, BiH, with the main purpose of advancing the state of environment and forests in BiH and the SEE region.
     Since fea’s inception, the guiding principle of its work has been to support authorities and communities, as well as the private sector, in the responsible use of natural resources in accordance with the legitimate demands of society.

fea works towards strengthening democratic political processes and institutions, promoting civic education, sustainable local  community development and informed decision-making for a number of development initiatives in the fields of forestry and environmental activism.  Through multiple projects, fea has been working on building the capacities of local stakeholders in making decisions on fulfilling environmental protection obligations of BiH, with particular reference to the capacities of civil society.

Read more: www.feasee.org

AFFON and WCN in Nepal

DFE’s partnership in Nepal consist of two key partners:

DFE has been in partnership with the Association of Family Forest Owners Nepal (AFFON) since 2016. A large network-based people’s organization is based in Kathmandu established in 2015. AFFON, with the support of DFE, has developed its network in around 60 districts through district chapters and 7 province chapters with around 8000 family forest owners. AFFON has had important influence on the climate adaptation agenda :
Notably - for the first time ever in Nepal, family forestry has been prioritized and recognized in the Forest Policy. Furthermore, the provision of family forest registration at local level and legal provision to harvest, transport and sale of 24 timber species without any bureaucratic hassles was a noticeable success. AFFON is now recognized as the one and only professional advocacy organization in Nepal to consult and collaborate for policy formulation regarding family forestry. 

Read more: http://familyforestnepal.com/

DFE has been in strong partnership with Wildlife Conservation Nepal (WCN) since 2007.
The current program has enabled institutionalization of Interactive Environmental Education (IEE) in Nepal working directly with the Ministry of Education.

WCN has had influence on the climate change agenda through its IEE. Through advocacy and practical IEE efforts of WCN, the government formulated the National Green School Directive in 2018. WCN has been playing a significant role for its design and implementation throughout the nation by conducting training and awareness campaigns. Over 10 years it has worked with more than 8 municipalities, 2000 schools, and more than 1000 teachers. WCN and DFE’s Partnership has in addition revitalized 20 community forests of four districts representing both hill and mid-hill of Nepal by creating green entrepreneurship and carbon offset activities in selected communities. In particular innovative civic-public-private partnerships for the promotion of forest-based enterprises within forest communities, forests have contributed to strengthened engagement of women groups. Last but not least, hands-on climate adaption activities have strengthened local eco-system resilience safeguarding the livelihood of local communities. 

Read more: wcn.org.np/ 


MORE TREES in Vietnam

In Vietnam, DFE works through MORE TREES to educate professional foresters. The goal is to improve the farmers' technical forestry knowledge and skills to reforest and generate income from farm forestry activities. 

Present in Vietnam since 2010, focus has been on enhancing income for farmers through forestry by silviculture, marketing forestry products, building associations (cooperatives), and enhancing the quality of forestry education.

Read more: http://www.ddsvietnam.vn/en/

Uganda Timber Growers Association in Uganda

For the past 9 years DFE has been present in Uganda, working with different projects within the Ugandan forestry sector. 
     DFE provides technical expertise to support the Ugandan forestry sector to produce offset carbon credits and wood-based green energy supplies. This work is done by participating in several projects collaborating with partners from the Ugandan forestry sector. 

We have been working with UTGA since 2010, introducing the Danish forestry and landscape college to SPGS, UTGA, CARE U, University of Markerere, Uganda Forestry College etc. Working with b2b projects aiming at attracting investors, DFE has assisted several Danish investors concerning a larger afforestation project.

Currently DFE is assisting COWI with specialized knowledge regarding the possible establishment of a 20 MW biomass plant in the area around Gulu.

Read more: https://www.utga.ug


25.05.2020 - Nyheder

Biodiversity and fallow deer in Busovaca

In the municipality of Busovača, forester Jako Čavara produces mixed forest and breeds fallow deer for the benefit of bot tourism and the economy

30.07.2019 - News

DFE Guide

The guide adds to the discussion about collaboration between NGOs and private sector companies

25.06.2019 - News

Danish Forestry Extension at Folkemødet, 2019

It was useful for DFE to attend Folkemødet (The People's Democratic Festival), 13th - 16th of June 2019