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Norwegian Forestry Group (NFG)

NFG is a network company with extensive experience from Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.


Norwegian Forestry Group (NFG)

NFG is a network company with extensive experience from Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Forestry Sector Programme - Further development of GIS in forest management planning and development of cost-efficient methods in Forest Management Planning

The project “Support to Forest Management Planning with Geographic Information System”, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, started in 2006. Three phases of the project are completed. A fourth phase is just started and will last for 3 years till the end of 2013.

The project is developing a method for forest management planning with the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Main counterpart is the Kosovo Forest Agency, which is responsible for the preparation of forest management plans. Foresters are trained in forest management, inventory and planning, as well as use of digital ortophoto and maps within a GIS to produce thematic maps. GPS and handheld PDA for efficient handling of field data are used.

Included in the project is the production of practical manuals and handbooks for planning and conducting silviculture operations. A second national forest inventory is incorporated, as well.

Kosovo is about 10 800 km2. The population is some 1,8 million. In 2008, Kosovo’s independence was recognized by most Western-European countries, but it is not endorsed by the UN. In 2002 Norwegian Forestry Group and FAO implemented the first nation-wide Kosovo forest inventory. Approximately 460 000 ha (42 %) of the total area is classified as forest. Some 32 % of this area is small privately owned properties.


  • Development of a method for efficient collection and management of forest inventory data
  • Development of a software application for preparation of annual operational plans and continuous up-date of the management plan
  • Facilitate calculation and present key forest planning parameters
  • Training in field inventory and management planning, silviculture and use of GIS
  • Preparation of practical silviculture manuals and handbooks
  • Implementation of second national forest inventory (2012-2013)
Newsletter 1_2011 Newsletter 2_2011
Kosovo National Forest Inventory 2012 - report Kosovo National Forest Inventory 2012 - abstract


  • 2005 – 2013 (current phase IV 2011-2013)

Lead partner in NFG

  • Norskog

Other partners:

  • Kosovo Forest Agency
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development

Project Group:

  • Ibrahim Muja
  • Orhan Berisha
  • Erling Bergsaker
  • Jens Kolstad
  • Tormod Dale
  • Knut J. Huse
  • Stein M. Tomter


  • Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Contact NFG

Visiting address:
Lilleakerveien 31, N- 0216

Postal address:
P.O.Box 123 Lilleaker N- 0216 Oslo NORWAY

Phone: + 47 22 51 89 80
Fax: + 47 22 51 89 10
E-mail: nfg@norskog.no


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