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IUFRO's Strategy

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Executive Summary

IUFRO is the global network for forest science cooperation. It is the only world-wide international organization devoted to forest research and related sciences and has a unique membership which brings together research organizations, universities and individual scientists, as well as decision-making authorities and other stakeholders with an interest in and focus on forests and trees.

IUFRO's mission is to promote global cooperation in forest-related research and to enhance the understanding of the ecological, economic and social aspects for forests and trees; as well as to disseminate scientific knowledge to stakeholders and decision-makers and to contribute to policy and on-the ground forest management.

With the Strategy 2010-14, IUFRO addresses Research and Institutional Goals at the same time. The Research Goals strongly focus on the following six thematic areas:

1 Forests for People
2 Forests and Climate Change
3 Forest Bioenergy
4 Forest Biodiversity Conservation
5 Forest and Water Interactions
6 Resources for the Future


The three Institutional Goals adapted from the previous Strategy present IUFRO's commitment to high-quality science and interdisciplinary cooperation, to better visibility of science-based research findings and increased ability of responding to new and unexpected issues:

Goal 1

To strengthen research and expand IUFRO's capacity for interdisciplinary cooperation

Goal 2

To strengthen coordination within the scientific community and increase visibility of
science-based research findings

Goal 3

To further strengthen IUFRO's work at the science-policy interface


Attaining both research and institutional goals should help IUFRO and its members to effectively respond to the changes in paradigms concerning forests and forest science and to position itself as a truly global network for forest science cooperation.

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