FPS in Detail
The following examples illustrate actual research within this Domain. The scope of the Domain is not restricted to these activities.
Forestry Research supports activities aiming at meeting the social, economic, ecological, cultural, health-bringing and spiritual needs of present and future generations. In the light of the current international forest dialogue the DC FPS offers a forum for encouraging a scientific debate on ensuring a sustainable provision of forest products and services, such as wood and wood products, water, bio-energy, rural development, recreation and public health, habitats for wildlife, landscape diversity, carbon sinks and reservoirs.
Forests and Environment research activities are fostered focusing on the protection of forests against harmful effects of pollution, including air-borne pollution, fires, pests and diseases, in order to maintain their full multiple values. In this context adequate importance is attached to the provision of timely, reliable and accurate information on forests and forest ecosystems as they are essential for public understanding and knowledge-based decision-making.
Wood Technology sector aims at an increase of knowledge necessary for a broader use of timber, a sustainable, energy efficient and renewable resource. With the objective to enhance the competitiveness of timber, DC FFS supports research activities focusing on the improvement of wood properties, the performance of timber and its indoor and outdoor usability.
Pulp and Paper sector promotes research contributing to an increase in knowledge of the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of the pulps and the resulting products. High priority is placed on optimising the level of utilization of the resources and to improve both the sustainability of pulp and paper making and the competitiveness of paper products.
At a cross-sector level FPS addresses issues as life-cycle analysis, tourism, energy production and recycling being of great importance for the achievement of a sustainable development. Therefore, new ideas and initiatives are welcome as well as those with high interdisciplinary elements and close links and overlaps with other domains.