Forest Sector Education and Training – Getting it right in Southern Africa


2014 - 2024


South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Malawi




Forestry-related industries are subject to rapid technological developments and continuous change. This makes it difficult for enterprises and individuals to commit to developing particular competencies, skill sets, or knowledge areas. In order to succeed, managers and employees need to respond quickly to the fast-changing forestry industry requirements. To be able to do so, they need to develop adequate competencies and skills.

UNIDO is currently implementing a training project, with funding from the Government of Finland, to design and carry out industry-relevant training packages in partnership with forest industry companies. Training programmes are piloted in South Africa with the aim to replicate them in Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Malawi. The ultimate goal is to improve regional collaboration on forestry and wood industry education and training in the SADC region that will lead to the creation of green employment and sustainable forest management and utilization.


SADC Forest, Southern Africa


    What are the challenges currently facing the industry in terms of human resources and training?

    August 29, 2022

    Why did KARA choose to engage in the pilot project and what is KARA’s role in the project?

    August 29, 2022

    Petri Salo - Ambassador of Finland in South Africa

    August 29, 2022

    How does KARA benefit from engaging in the development of vocational training?

    August 29, 2022

    Why is it important for the Government of Finland to be part of this project?

    August 29, 2022