Special Programme for Development of Capacities

IUFRO's support to forest science in economically disadvantaged countries is implemented via the following four programme components:




The mission of the Special Programme for Development of Capacities (in short IUFRO-SPDC, formerly "Special Programme for Developing Countries) is "to expand and foster forest research capacity in developing and economically disadvantaged countries".

According to the programme's strategy the IUFRO-SPDC activities cover the following five priority areas:

  • Enhancing core scientific competence;
  • Improving information management and dissemination;
  • Enhancing science contribution to policy processes;
  • Promoting communication and multi-stakeholder learning processes,
  • Providing institutional support to regional forest research networks.