In order to meet current energy and environmental challenges, foresters must be offered new and scientifically valid technical and economic solutions. To achieve this, the link between research and private forest management must be developed urgently, so that tests can be run efficiently and the latest innovations to adapt forests can be acquired.
This morning, Inra, Irstea and the National Professional Center for Forest Property (CNPF) signed a convention to define areas of mutual cooperation.
In accordance with the priority actions in the Forest-Timber Research and Innovation Plan 2025, the partnership between Inra, Irstea and CNPF aims to:
- improve sector performances using systemic approaches, particularly focusing on human, social and economic sciences to support sector performances as well as encouraging a digital transition to create precision forestry an intelligent forest management.
- adapt forests and prepare for future forest resources, specifically by strengthening resilience to climate change, monitoring the renewal of French forests while researching conditions to support forest-game balance, ensuring forest biodiversity is monitored and evaluating the links between biodiversity and ecosystem services, such as carbon storage.
This partnership will make it possible to develop joint research and innovation projects in these areas with a regional, national or European scope. The complementary nature of the three partners includes fields such as research, innovation and transfer of results to foresters, particularly through the CNPF's Insitute for forest development (certified technical institute).
In light of current energy and environmental challenges, solutions need to be tested. The new French IN-SYLVA Research Infrastructure will make it possible to coordinate testing, pool data and ensure distribution and dissemination of results.
Today, Inra, Irstea and the CNPF consult each other regularly to share and expand their combined thoughts on the future, specifically through joint participation in their scientific councils, in the AFORCE Combined Technological Network for the adaptation of forests to climate change and in several research and innovation projects.