EMMA4EU partnership

Ten partners, one goal

The project relies on a partnership of ten expert organizations aiming to reduce deforestation risks in supply chains. As part of this project, they are launching an alliance and developing an innovative educational approach to create a new profession: the “Deforestation-Free Supply Chain Manager“.
Learn more about their roles and how they contribute to EMMA4EU!

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Etifor | Valuing Nature is a highly specialized consulting firm providing solutions to the main socio-economic challenges within development and nature conservation projects. As spin-off company of the University of Padua (Italy) Etifor’s team works with a strong scientific approach, using innovative social and technological techniques, while ensuring the good governance and implementation of our proposed solutions. Their work leads to improving the economic, environmental and social benefits of policies, projects and investments for private corporations, civil society organizations and national governments.

The Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry (in Italian, TESAF) is a multidisciplinary department of the Università degli Studi di Padova (Italy), one of the oldest universities in the world. The department activity is strongly oriented to the study, conservation, effective management and sustainable use of agricultural, forest and natural resources. Overseeing scientific quality, TESAF department contributes significantly to training material and program development within the EMMA4EU project. Their pivotal role extends to executing tasks related to forest policy and economics.

Wageningen University & Research

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is a collaboration between Wageningen University and the Wageningen Research foundation. This union of expertise leads to scientific breakthroughs that can quickly be put into practice and be incorporated into education. The WUR team –  with a focus on zero deforestation commitments, commodity trade, and environmental governance –  brings into the project expertise in understanding the social and political aspects of forestry. The team plays a crucial role in various tasks, including reviewing research activities and supporting the implementation of training.

Preferred by Nature (PbN) is an international non-profit organisation working with smallholders, foresters, businesses, NGOs, and governments to support better land management and business practices that benefit people, nature, and climate in 100+ countries. Their focus on EU-funded projects related to climate change, land management, and sustainability indicates a commitment to addressing crucial global challenges. Leading the EMMA4EU project alliance, PbN also contributes to various work packages, ensuring the smooth development of tasks related to training and VET provision.

Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg is one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Germany and the research activities of the professorships within the Institute of Forest Sciences, directly involved in the project, have a focus on the forest, its protection and sustainable use. As project managers, they contribute to various tasks, including research activities, policy consultancy, and supporting the development of training programs within the EMMA4EU project.

OpenForests builds solutions and technology at the service of people and nature. The company develops tools for forest restoration and conservation initiatives to manage their data, communicate their impact openly, immerse stakeholders in the place of the project, and build networks of supporters. In the project, OpenForests team ensures effective reporting, monitoring, and evaluation. They contribute significantly to research quality and the development and delivery of training materials.

Copenhagen Business School

Copenhagen Business School is one of the largest business schools in Europe, engaged in research areas including sustainable supply chains , corporate social responsibility and ESG investments. It will complement the agriculture and forestry expertise of the other universities and partners by bringing the business, commerce and management know-how to the training and research materials. Additionally, the CBS’s team will contribute to the EMMA4EU project through evaluation of monitoring data provided by the partners.


AidEnvironment is a not-for-profit sustainability research, strategy and implementation organisation working to achieve transformative sector change. The organisation implements sustainable solutions to help protect and restore ecosystems and improve livelihoods in agricultural and forest landscapes. In the project, AidEnvironment’s team brings their practical experience and contributions from the field to the training programme and research, covering technical teaching, as well as training entrepreneurship and innovation activities.

Makerere University

Makerere University is one of the oldest universities in Africa with a school of forestry and the only extra European partner in this project. The Makerere team plays a crucial role in various tasks and brings the experience, students and knowledge to the deforestation topics for what regards the countries producing the raw materials.


Fòrema is a training and consulting company owned by Confindustria Veneto Est, the largest Italian industrial association. Since 1983 Fòrema has been designing and delivering  training programs and  increasingly innovative services to support companies in their growth and tackle unemployment in Veneto creating new job opportunities. In 2022 it trained 26,368 people and realised 41,641 service hours. In the project Fòrema is responsible for quality assurance and monitoring activities and co-develops and delivers with WUR and PbN the EUDR VET training course.