DRYMOS – New Skills for New Jobs in the Forest Sector
DRYMOS is a transnational project that aimed to promote innovation in the forestry sector by promoting new skills and new jobs for forest workers in Europe. It was implemented from 2012 to 2014.
The DRYMOS project has developed and organised innovative e-learning courses on the following subjects:
– Artificial forest regeneration in changing conditions: various methods for production of forest tree planting stock (containerized or bare-rooted), vegetative propagation, etc.
– Fire Protection and voluntarism.
– Protection against flooding.
– Knowledge and identification of forest animal life.
– Training of trainers on how to disseminate scientific information on the wider public.
– Innovative methods in forest measurement: This course introduces exploitation and use of electronic equipment in forest measurement (to measure growing stock – tree diameter, height, volume etc).
– Close-to-nature silviculture: Silvicultural system, which exploits natural processes in forest ecosystems (such as concurrent and symbiotic relationships).
– Timber assortment and trade: Within this course we have put emphasis on timber assortment and timber quality classes and timber defects which affects its quality and price.
Main outcomes of the project are: i) the transfer of a Blended Learning approach to the forestry education, ii) the adaptation and application of an e-learning platform and iii) ICT-based pedagogical materials created and tested (pilot course “forest management under changed environmental conditions”).
This approach supports the innovation of ICT-based learning tools and the transfer of research outcomes to forestry practice. At the long run, these activities help to bridge the gap between educational institutions and forest practice and increase cooperation among them.
The project was implemented by a consortium of 9 partners from 7 countries (Greece, Cyprus, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Slovakia and Portugal).