As part of the 3 year EU-funded Wood Energy Training Network project, partners from the 6 countries participating in this groundbreaking international cooperation exercise met in Istanbul on Monday 23 April. Hosted by the Istanbul Forest Regional Directorate, the two day meeting saw partners report on their work to develop a pan-European training course for wood energy.
The WETNet project, which was launched in 2011 and will run until autumn 2013, is establishing a Europe-wide standard for wood energy entrepreneurship. Bringing together private and public sector partners from France, Finland, the UK, Austria, Estonia and Turkey, WETNet is about gathering innovation and best practice from across the partner countries. Through the EU-funded project, the WETNet project team are designing and piloting a training scheme for top-level wood energy trainers from across the partner countries.
Neil chaired the meeting in Istanbul, where partners reported on pilot training courses which have run in France and Austria, and looked ahead to a course in the UK in May 2013. Neil said of the project: “The progress on the WETNet project has been great, and there a range of genuinely useful materials and courses coming out of the development process. Equally critically, the partners are now working hard to embed the outputs of the project into thier respective national education and training frameworks for forestry and wood energy production. This will ensure a valuable legacy from the WETNet project when it concludes later this year”.