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National stage in Germany 2016


YPEF is testing the knowledge about forests and creativity of young people between 13 to 19 years. It will be organized in 10 european countries. To be won are prizes in kind and the winner team of the national stage will take part at the international Forest conference 2016, which takes place in Latvia this year. At this conference from 28th of September to 30th of September 2016 the winners of all participating countries come together to discuss the status and the future of european forests. Exciting forest activities and field trips will be part of the programme. More Info »

National Stage Contest YPEF in Austria – 30th of May 2016!


The National Stage Contest took place on 30th of May 2016 at the Technical Forestry High School Bruck / Mur (Styria), Dr. Theodor Körnerstrasse 44, 8600 Bruck / Mur.

In Austria the Contest was organized by the Union of Austrian Foresters
The Contest language was Englisch.

The Contest has two parts:
1st part: Test (answering a list of preapared questions about European forests)
2nd part: short PP-presentation of „Different issues about Austrian Forest`s”

Participants are students from the - Forestry High School.

Winners are Maximilian Bubna Litic, Andreas Katzbauer and Alexander Höfer.

They will go in outumn, accompanied by members of the National Commission (Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Hintsteiner, Ing. Schweighofer and Ing. Baschny) to the International Contest in Latvia.

Ing. Thomas Baschny
(President of National Commission)

National Stage in Lithuania


Lithuania. Thursday, 5th of May at Aleksandras Stulginskis University Faculty of Forest Science and Ecology big crowd of young people, young forest friends were participating in already traditional (already sixth year in a row, with a great support from Ministry of Environment) National Stage of Contest Young People in European forests. This year 13 teams were participating and showed good knowledge about the topics they were prepared as a poster presentations, as well as the knowledge of materials they were studying for the second part of the contest – the test. Various topics and formal problems of the forest and the forestry were touched. To name some: forest protection, regeneration, biofuel, history of forestry, social aspects, biodiversity. After hard voting and double checking the test results, commission decided to give the highest points to  Rugilė Andrejevskytė, Danielius Krasauskas, Tomaš Savel team, leaded by teacher Jūratė Taučiuvienė. They were representing Meilė Lukšienė gymnasium from Marijampolis, Vilnius region.


National Stage in Poland


In Poland the contest was organized by Forest Friends Association with the support of the State Forests National Forest Holding. National Stage in Poland consists of two parts. First part: preparation of a presentation about „Forests in Poland and Europe. Characteristics and management”. On 24th of May took place the National Final Stage in Poland. The final was organized in Warsaw University of Life Sciences. The best 31 teams, who participated in the qualifying stage, met at the final and wrote the test of 30 questions in English. Two teams reached 27 points and the play - off was necessary, but after that the teams again reached the same score: (4/7) About winning decided better presentation from first part of the contest The winners are Mariola Klaś, Katarzyna Leszczyńska and Kamil Sado from the II High Schools in Cracow and they will go to the European Final in in Latvia - LVM Nature Park in Tervete. Congratulations and many thanks to all students, teachers and foresters!

State Forest Resources Agency of Ukraine held a national stage of international contest "Young Peoples in European Forests"


June 17 State Forest Resources Agency of Ukraine held a national stage of international contest "Young Peoples in European Forests". Selection was conducted by the Forester Association of Ukraine and State Forest Resources Agency of Ukraine as part of the competition for the best forestry school.

15 forestry students from Sumy, Zhytomyr, Poltava and Kirovohrad regions took part in selection.
At national stage there were three test competitions on:
• general knowledge of Ukrainian forest and forestry.
• ability to understand the forest related issues.
• ability to communicate in English on forest related issues.

The first two places were taken by representatives of the Poltava region. Third place was shared by representatives of Zhytomyr and Kirovograd regions.

In the European Phase of the international contest to be held in Latvia on 28-30 September 2016 will participate Dubrova Yevheniia, Maksakova Veronika and Huseinova Diana.


National stage in Portugal 2016


On May 31st , in Parque Biológico de Vinhais in Bragança, took place the national stage of YPEF Contest in Portugal.

In this 6th Edition the winning team is represented by Ana Tavares, Mariana Tavares, Rita Cruz from Escola Básica e Secundária de Búzio - Vale de Cambra, who participated with the guidance of the teacher, Isabel Drumond.

For the winning national team YPEF Contest "allowed a better understanding of forest potentials and gave the opportunity to the participants of the national phase to meet different Portuguese protected areas." In addition, "it enables the discovery of European forests with a little more detail," not only for the theoretical information of the YPEF Contest, but also by the participation in a the European protected area in Latvia.

In second place was the team of Secondary School Henrique Medina and in third the Secondary School Quinta das Palmeiras.

At the National Final, all teams undertook a written test in English and created and presented a poster on the theme "the functions of the forest in the region close to the school," which used the knowledge acquired during the contest.

In the coming months, the three students of the winning National Team will prepare to participate in the European Phase YPEF Contest that will take place between 28 and 30 September, in the Natural Park of LVM in Tervete, Latvia.

At this stage, they will be acquainted with the local biodiversity, participate in activities in the forest along with the winning teams from Germany, Austria, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania and Ukraine to compete to win the 6th Edition YPEF Contest.