Adriatic Model Forest

Priority and Measure
Measure 2.2 - Natural and cultural resource management and prevention of natural and technological risks
Priority 2 - Natural and cultural resources and risk prevention
EUSAIR Pillars
Environmental quality
Type of Project
Dijana Vuletić
Interviewee role
Project Leader
Croatian Forest Research Institute
+385 1 6273 010
Project website
Budget in euros


Role Name City Country Contact Person Email / project website
Lead Partner Croatian Forest Research Institute Jastrebarsko Croatia Dijana Vuletić /
Partner 1 Institute for Adriatic Crops and Karst Reclamation Split Croatia Slavko Perica
Partner 2 Municipality of Ferrara Ferrara Italy Tiziano Tagliani
Partner 3 Faculty of Forestry Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina Faruk Mekić
Partner 4 Institute of Forestry Beograd Serbia Ljubinko Rakonjac
Partner 5 Šibenik-Knin County Šibenik Croatia Goran Pauk
Partner 6 Faculty of Forest Science Tirana Albania Vath Tabaku
Partner 7 Region of Epirus – Regional Unit of Thesprotia Igoumenitsa Greece Thomas Pitoulis
Partner 8 Biotechnical faculty Podgorica Montenegro Natalija Perovic
Partner 9 Public Enterprise “Vojvodinašume” Petrovaradin Serbia Marta Takac

Project Description


Project description

Main objective of Adriatic Model Forrest project was creating a Model Forest in Dalmatia, an innovative concept of integrative forest management, which includes local authorities, public and private companies, interest groups and local population with the goal of long-term sustainable management of rural areas. The Model Forest is created by implementing the “Five steps methodology” of the Mediterranean Model Forest Network.


What has been done during the project in order to achieve its main goal(s)?

Adriatic Model Forrest project facilitated transfer of knowledge and experience among project partners through five technical workshops that took place at the pilot site in Dalmatia. During the learning process, project partners gained knowledge necessary to facilitate the start of local Model Forest initiatives and related processes in their countries, regions and territories. This resulted in production of Strategic plans for Adriatic Model Forest and Model Forest “River Mirna Basin”, and Implementation plans for model forests in Montenegro, Serbia, Vojvodina, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania and Greece.

Šibenik-Knin County and the Institute for Adriatic Crops and Karst Reclamation in Split selected an area for the Model Forest pilot site. The area spreads on 215.000 hectares of territory in Šibenik-Knin and Split-Dalmatia County.

Communication and dissemination activities ensured continuous communication among internal stakeholders, sharing information, experience and knowledge with external stakeholder groups, and encouraging dialogue about relevant topics.


Which are the project main results/impacts?

Results/Impact 1

A strategic plan for development of Mirna River Basin Model Forest was one of most mature results of this project. It sets the ground for establishing the Mirna River Basin Model Forest in near future.

Results/Impact 2

A Model Forest strategic plan was developed throughout 2014 under the leadership of the Institute for Adriatic Crops and Karst Reclamation and Sibenik-Knin County, building on the extensive engagement of more than 50 stakeholders from government institutions and municipalities to public and private institutions representing various interests and backgrounds. The draft plan was submitted to the IMFN/MMFN Secretariats for review in January 2015.

Results/Impact 3

Implementation plans for model forests in Montenegro, Serbia, Vojvodina, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania and Greece identified relevant stakeholders, economic and social principles, issues and challenges and will therefore contribute to faster creation of model forests in respective countries.

Results/Impact 4

After the end of the Adriatic Model Forrest project, the team continued to work on forming the model forest and organizing education on fire protection, forestry and herbs. The goal is to include as many stakeholder groups as possible, which will participate in creating a model forest.