Partners collaborating in Care4c

Wordwide Net of Partners

Parnter of CARE4C

Within the framework of CARE4C, 17 partners are collaborating together:

- Technische Universität München (TUM)
    + Chair of Forest Growth and Yield Science (FGYS, Coordinator) 
    + Insitute of Forest Management (IFM)
    + Insitute of Forest Operations (IFO) 

     TUM is acknowledged as an university of excellence in GErmany concerning research,
pment and education having 13 faculties, 4 integrative research centers and 6 scientific
     core institutes. 507 professorrs do highly qualified research and teach nearly 3,6000
     students, 33,000 being female and 20,000 coming from foreign countries. 885 PhDs awarded
     doctoral degree in 2012. TUM offers a graduate school that is open for hosted PhDs. A huge
     scientific libary is located on the campus, enabling researchers' online access to most
     research journals. TUM is part of the Weihenstephan Center of Forestry. This association of
     academic, applied science and practice related research and education institution offers a 
     communication platform between forest research and practice. The FGYS, IFM and the IFO are
     part of the Center of Food and Life Science at TUM forming a major faculty of TUM. FGYS has
     long-term expertise in forest mensuration, analysis of forest ecosystem functioning and
     modelling of forest growth. Main research foci are analysing mixing effects on single trees and
     stand level. Staff members of the chair command enhanced skills in applied statistics and 
     dendroecological analyses. IFM has outstanding experience in land use research and
     optimization und risk to obtain sustainable management strategies. IFO has strong ties to
     forest entrepreneurs, state-of-the-art soil testing facilites, and international research
     experience in forest operations.


- Università degli Studi di Padova (UP)
    + Department of Land and Agriculture and Forest System (TESAF)

    The University of Padova (UP), will participate to the proposal with the Department 
    TESAF. New technologies, tradition, interdisciplinary studies and historical importance
    are key elements that make the Department TESAF stand out as a reference point in
    land management, agriculture and forestry both at local as at European scale. The
    Department TESAF reflects a diversity of disciplines, including ecology, forest
    management, land and forestry economics and policy, hydrology, soil conservation and
    agricultural and forest engineering. The Department TESAF intensively works with a
    multidisciplinary approach on forest management practices, harvesting and extraction
    technologies and on the socio-economic issues for the wood sector. The Department
   TESAF has currently active collaborations with local and regional administrations as with
    private corporations to support the economical, technical and environmental sustainability
    of the forest exploitation which will be a key factor for the successful of project. The wide
    networking with national wood biomass associations, forest owners and forest
    enterprises association and local, regional and national public institutions will be useful
    to compare, discuss and evaluate the actions and the activities of the project. The main
    activity of the Department TESAF is related to the research and to transfer the research
    result at regional and international scale. The management of the research and
    cooperation activities is supported by 48 permanent researchers and teaching staff and
    30 technicians, librarians and administrative employees; the Department TESAF is
    currently hosts 40 PhD students. There has been a recent association with TUM through
    academic and research collaborations over the past recent years. The contacts with SU
    are also well established.

- Bern University of Applied Science (BFH)
    + School of Agriculture, Forest and Food Science (HAFL)

    BFH has about 6.000 enrolled students in six departments located throughout the
    Canton of Bern, Switzerland. BFH pursues an international strategy for student
    exchange while at the same time close collaborating with national industry. Graduate
    students can take advantage of exchange programs as the University of Applied
    Sciences has multiple agreements with recognized institutions abroad. National
    industry can profit from joint projects in which our results in applied research are
    commercialized. HAFL as one of the departments of BFH is an accredited training and
    competence centre for forestry in Switzerland. It plays a central role in the
    development and implementation of novel solutions in sustainable forest management.
    Our research and development is innovative, practical and need oriented. We are both,
    nationally and internationally oriented.


- Libera Università di Bolzano (UNIBZ)
    + Faculty of Science and Technology (FAST)

    The FAST conducts research in diverse disciplines including ecology, botany, forest
    management, restoration ecology, agricultural economics and agricultural sciences and
    is specialized for mountain environments. The FAST has a profile at the
    interdisciplinary level with focus on mountain ecosystems. The FAST has currently
    active collaborations with local and regional administrations to support the economical,
    technical and environmental sustainability of the mountain ecosystems management.
    The main activity of the FAST lies in research and dissemination of research result
    from the local to the international scale. The management of the research and
    cooperation activities is supported by more than 40 permanent researchers and
    teaching staff and more than 10 technicians, librarians and administrative employees;
    the FAST currently hosts 65 PhD students. There has been a recent association with
    TUM through academic and research collaborations over the last years. The contacts
     with UP and the US are also established.


- Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW)
    + Department of Silviculture (DS)

    SGGW with its 200-years tradition is the one of the oldest and largest academic
    institution in Poland. At present, SGGW consists of 13 faculties with over 1,300
    university staff which teach 27,000 enrolled students. According to different national
    rankings, SGGW is considered as the leader in terms of research quality, education and
    innovation among all life science universities in Poland. Recently, SGGW has been
    awarded for „The most innovative and creative university in Poland at creating job
    perspectives”. SGGW collaborates with 170 international partners from all continents.
    DS is a part of Faculty of Forestry. DS has a staff of 16 people which are focusing on
    the following research areas: forest genetics and nurseries, spatial and temporal
    dynamics of regeneration in managed and unmanaged forests; growth, dynamics and
    structure of monoculture and mixed stands under the influence of different silvicultural
    treatments; dynamics and structure of virgin forests; optimization of silvicultural
    planning under climate change in stands managed by improved shelterwood system and
    selection system; close-to-nature silviculture for adapting temperate European forests
    to climate change. In terms of education, we offer not only regular course to enrolled
    students (>2000) and trainings for State Forests Enterprise in Poland, but also an
    international master program in Forest Information Technology (in collaboration with
    Eberswalde University of Sustainable Development) and varied courses given in English
    for Erasmus Students. Currently also 20 PhD students are enrolled at FF.


- National Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and
  Technology, Spain (INIA)

    INIA is an autonomous Public Research Organisation (OPI) of the Spanish Ministry of
    Economy and Competitiveness. The Center for Forestry Research (INIA-CIFOR) has
    the functions of scientific research, technological development and innovation,
    scientific-technical training, national and international cooperation and the provision
    of scientific-technical services related to the field of forestry. INIA-CIFOR works in
    close collaboration with public research organisations, universities and technological
    centres through mixed R&D projects and collaborates with different institutions in
    Europe, America and Africa and in international organizations (EFI, IUFRO, CGIAR-
    Biodiversity International, CIFOR, ICRAF, EFIMED, Silva Mediterranea and EUFORGEN).
    The main research objectives of the Department of Silviculture and Management of
    Forest Systems focus on: spatial and temporal dynamics of regeneration depending on
    silviculture and environment; forest growth, dynamics and structure and the role of
    silviculture as adaptive management strategy to climate change; characterization and
    valuation of wood, non-wood forest products, services, wildlife, role as carbon sinks;
    forest crops for the production of biomass as energy source; forest modelling.


- Universidad de Valladolid (UVA)

  UVA is one of the most important centres of Higher Education in Spain. It counts on four
  campuses -Valladolid, Palencia, Segovia and Soria-, over 100 degrees, 80 doctoral
  programs (14 with Honor Mention) and 68 postgraduate degree, accredited international
  relations and prestigious research centres. On average, nearly 25,000 students enroll
  each year, counts on more than 2,500 teachers and nearly 1,000 people dealing with
  administration tasks and other services. Over 60% of students do internships in
  companies and other institutions. It offers a comprehensive range of double
  international degrees, and promotes the transfer of research results. The UVA has 430
  km2 for researching activities, 5 buildings devoted exclusively to research, 4 Certified
  Laboratories Industry serving nearly 300 research laboratories, 19 research institutes
  and all departments needed. It just open new landmark Lab-building, called LUCIA (0%
  CO2 emissions; 0% energy consumption, with LEED Platinum certification and Green
  Certification), with 2,100 m2 for researching related to efficiency energy buildings and
  agrofood (nutrition, food and dietary laboratories). The UVA manages around 852
  research projects financed through competitive public R+D+i calls (European, national or
  regional), and approximately 500 contracts and agreements aimed at the transfer of
  knowledge and technology, amounting to an average value of over fifteen million Euros
  per annum. Moreover, its researchers take part in almost 250 further projects and
  contracts managed by other institutions. UVA has been taking part in a very active way
  in different European projects, at research or training level, during the last 20 years.
  There is a long experience in international projects developed by different groups of
  research in the University and different fields of knowledge. The project in UVA will be
  managed by the Office of European Projects of UVA, located in the General Foundation
  of the University of Valladolid (Fundación General de la Universidad de Valladolid –
  FGUVA) by specific delegation since 1996. The agreement between both organizations
  empowers FGUVA to manage the European projects in which researchers and experts of
  UVA are involved. The FGUVA is a non-profit institution totally controlled by UVA,
  created in order to handle the administrative and financial tasks of UVA in R&D
  European projects, including issues related to employment and payment of personnel,
  purchase of equipment, consumables, etc. FGUVA does not perform technical or
  scientific work/ tasks in the project. The contribution of FGUVA is free of charge and
  always used under the premises of UVA.

- Forest Enterprise Traunstein (FETS)

  Traunstein is a town with a population of 20,400 (7/2014) in the south-eastern part of
  Bavaria, Germany, and is the administrative center of a much larger district of the
  same name. The town serves as a local government, retail, health services,
  transportation and educational center for the wider district. The town is situated at the
  heart of a region called Chiemgau, approximately 11 km east of Lake Chiemsee between
  Munich and Salzburg (Austria), 15 km north of the Alps, and 30 km west of Salzburg
  (Austria). The historic market square, Bavarian hospitality, local breweries, outdoor
  sports facilities, Easter Monday horse parade and connections with Pope Emeritus
  Benedict XVI, contribute to the town's profile as a tourist destination. 605 ha forest area
  belonging to the municipal property. As already 30 years ago the conversion of
  dominating spruce stands has started, meanwhile structured mixed stands are
  prevailing. The growing condition are quite good and based on the last forest inventory
  (535 permanently marked plots) the total stock is about 340m³/ha and the estimated
  running increment is 12m³/ha. The forest management planning in 2010 appointed an
  annual prescribed cut of 7,000m³/year. The provision of several ecosystem services
  (ESS) plays an important role. The recreational function and different aspects of nature
  conservation (e.g. NATURA 2000) have the most serious implications for daily business
  in forest management. As a special feature 85% of the forest area is officially classified
  as important for education and research.

- Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz, NRW
    + Forstliches Bildungszentrum für Waldarbeit und Forsttechnik (FBZ)

   North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is the most populous and densely populated state in the
    Federal Republic of Germany. Within the radius of 500 km around the state capital
    Düsseldorf live almost 40 percent of the European population. They generate some 45
    percent of all purchasing power within the European Union. FBZ belongs to the portfolio
    of the States Enterprise for Forestry and Timber North Rhine-Westphalia
    (Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz NRW). The main tasks are to manage the state forest
    and to provide forestry services. Owner is the Government of Northrhine- Westphalia
    represented by Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Nature
    Conservation and Consumer Protection.
    The main activities of FBZ NRW are basic and further education as forest education
    centre for forestry in NRW and research and development in forest technical
    production. It is one of four training centres all over Germany for this kind of training.
    So they have excellent contacts to German machine entrepreneurs because of long and
    deep cooperation.


- föra - fora forest technologies SLL (FORA)

  föra is a young small enterprise based in Soria and Barcelona and founded by two PhDs
   in forest modelling with a wide background in research and strong links with
   universities and research centres. föra is focused on technifying the forest sector
   through technology transfer, forest innovation and specialized education. The main
   working areas are: i) assessment of forest resources: innovative forest inventories
   using LiDAR technology, development of forest models (growth and yield, site index,
   taper, etc.) and new tools for modern forest planning and management, among others,
   ii) forests and global change: carbon footprints, forest carbon budgets, carbon offsets
   through forests, carbon consulting, etc., iii) technological innovation: sensorization in
   forests and industry, new tools and apps for enhanced forest management, forest
   visualization with drones, etc., iv) training and technological transfer: specialized
   forest education (LiDAR, statistics, forest modelling, carbon footprint, etc.) and
   technology transfer to stakeholders and partners in research projects.


- Bialowieza National Park (BPN)

  BPN (NE Poland, 52°45´ N; 23°50´ E) belongs to the oldest national park in Poland and  
   whole Europe. Formally, established in 1947 and previously (since 1921) functioned as a
   part of the Polish State Forests. The forest, especially its core part (Strict Reserve) is
   one of the best preserved temperate forest ecosystems, which is least disturbed by
   human activities and contains by far the largest virgin old-growth stands in lowland
   Europe. Since 1979 this area of great natural interest has been also on the UNESCO
   World Heritage List. In 1996 area of the BPN was expanded to 105 km2. Here, many
   commonly recognized tree species in Europe vary in form and outstanding size. Being a
   very specific habitat, it is considered to be an important reference object for
   near-natural silviculture and for multifunctional forestry in the whole of Europe.


- Agresta (AG)

  AG is an SME (a cooperative company) operating in Spain that has a broad technical
   and human infrastructure consists of a large team over 40 experienced professionals
   with experience exceeding 15 years. Agresta is focused on providing services,
   technology and innovation services in the forest sector. Our main products and services
   are: forest carbon consulting, LiDAR technology applied to forest resource
   management, Natural Environment Engineering, Geographic Information System & GPS.


- Province Bolzano, Forest management (PB)

  The forest service of the province is embedded as the department 32 “Forestry” in the
   governance structure of the administration of the autonomous province of Bolzano -
   South Tyrol. It comprises the forest corps of the province as well as technical and
   administrative civil service employees. According to its self-conception, the forest
   service of the province is responsible for the balance of utilization and protection of
   biotopes. For the purpose of a sustainable development of the mountain area, it works
   in specific for the economic and supra-economic output of the forest and the mountain
   meadows and pastures. The forest law of the province (law of the province from the
   21st of October 1996, no. 21) has, as a public interest, the aim to protect all soils by a
   sustainable use of the forest and the mountain pastures and meadows. In specific, the
   forest is supposed to be maintained in its entirety and its diverse functions. To achieve
   this goal, Province Bolzano follows four strategies: i) delimit the free availability of the
   own land (e.g. cutting, clear-cutting and the practice of pasturing are subject to
   permission); ii) carry jobs by own management for landowners (e.g. construction of
   infrastructures, support structures, afforestation); iii) to subsidice management
   activities; iv) to offer a broadly based consulting service.


- Forstbetrieb Burgergemeinde Bern (FBB)

  FBB ( is managing 3666 ha of own forest land and 377 ha of
   entrusted forest land. With these more than 4000 ha FBB is one of the larger forest
   owners in Switzerland. Own machinery is used for harvesting operations. The main
   forest area (3200 ha) is located around Bern in a radius of about 20 km. The other 466
   ha are distributed in the Canton Bern and Fribourg. Each forest is attributed to a
   priority function by the Forstbetrieb Burgergemeinde Bern (FBB). Priority functions are  
  “wood production”, recreation, ecology, conservation and sustainable use of natural
   forests and protection of endangered species. Every priority function defines the kind
   of forest measures, which have to been taken. Wood production forests make 80% of
   the surface. They are managed traditionally. The main measure in recreation forests is
   security (about 10% of surface). With the exception of some ecology forests (reserves),
   all forests are exploited sustainably and the regeneration is effected mainly by natural
   regeneration. About 30’000 cm of wood are harvested every year in the the forests of
   FBB. The forest management procedures are mainly with harvester and forwarder. All of
   the forests are used for recreation purposes. The capital of Bern has about 100’000
   citizens. During the day many people, who work for instance in the federal and cantonal
   administration use the forests for recreation breaks. This does not only allowing the
   population to pursue leisure activities, but to experience the ecology system of forests
   at first hand. Thus, the awareness of the ecological importance of forests is increased
   There is a high attention on forest management procedures.

- Stellenbosch University (SU)
    + Department for Forest and Wood Science

    SU is acknowledged as a university of excellence in South Africa and Africa. The
    Department of Forest and Wood Science has long been associated with TUM and UP
    through research collaborations. The Department addresses the entire forestry value
    chain in both teaching and its research activities. It addresses all forest resources in
    the region, which include plantations, natural forests and South Africa's vast woodlands
    areas. The research focus is on Precision Forestry, Integrated Land-use Management,
    Bio-refining, and Wood Quality through the value chain. Its particular strengths are the
    analysis of forest ecosystem, modelling of forest growth and dendro-ecological
    analyses. A combination of forest economics and forest operations research has been
    at the forefront of its research and outreach activities over the past 20 years.


- Merensky Timber (HM)

  HM is an integrated timber company. Merensky owns four sawmills and leases/owns/
   manages 65 000 ha of forestry land planted mainly to Pine but also to some Eucalyptus
   sawlogs. The company is FSC certified. It funds and participates in collaboratively
   funded forestry and sawmilling research across the value chain. In-house research is
   focused mainly on tree breeding, with some downstream processing research. There is
   an interest to more clearly understand the impact of climate change on the portfolio of
   forest products from a portfolio modelling perspective.


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