RUSFOR – Forest Policy and Governance in Russia

Coordinated by Saint-Petersburg State Forest Technical University (FTU), 194021, Saint-Petersburg, Institutskiy per 5, Russian Federation.

The Project Centre was established in 2014.

The main goal of the Project Centre is to facilitate joint projects and other activities, cooperation and networking between Russian and European partners on key forest research issues under the topical umbrella of forest policy and governance. However, the first two years of the Project Centre will concentrate on capacity building activities. Project Centre RUSFOR will support the implementation of the EFI strategy in the North-West and Central regions of European part of the Russian Federation in cooperation with other internal scientific, governmental and non-governmental bodies.

The detailed objectives during the first two years the Project Centre are as follows:

  1. Establishing a network of cooperation and collaboration, bringing together scientific organization and different stakeholders (NGOs, forest management agencies at the regional and federal levels) in order to promote science-based discussions on forest policy and governance in Russia.
  2. Capacity building in the field of forest policy and governance in Russia based on the existing expertise at European level.

    After the first two years, based on the performance of the Project Centre during the first two years, activities will expand beyond capacity building with aims to

  3. Initiate new research projects in the field of forest policy and governance based on joint cooperation with other European experts and to initiate and organize the study of regional characteristics of the forest policy being implemented in different parts of the Russian Federation.
  4. Collect information, synthesize and disseminate research on forest policy and governance targeting policy makers and stakeholders in Russia.


  • Moscow State Forest University, Russian Federation
  • Petrozavodsk State University, Russian Federation
  • Voronez State Forest Technical Academy, Russian Federation
  • Bashkir State Agricultural University, Russian Federation
  • Ural State Forest University, Russian Federation
  • Povoljsky State Technical University, Russian Federation
  • The Centre on the Problems of Ecology and Productivity of Forests of Russian Academy of Science (CEPF), Russian Federation
  • Northwest Branch of ROSLESINFORG, Russian Federation
  • Forest policy group WWF Russia, Russian Federation
  • Greenpeace Russia, Forestry group, Russian Federation
  • NGO “Transparent World”, Russian Federation
  • Ministry of Forest Resources of Tatar Republic, Russian Federation
  • Northern (Arctic) State Federal University, Russian Federation
  • University of Eastern Finland, Finland
  • Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla), Finland
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden
  • University of Padua, Italy
  • University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Department of Forest- and Soil Sciences (BOKU), Austria
  • Wageningen University, the Netherlands


Associate Professor Dr. Alexander Dobrovolsky
Saint-Petersburg State Forest Technical University
194021, Saint-Petersburg, Institutskiy per 5
Russian Federation
E-mail: rusfor2014 @
Phone: +7 921 755 2910
Fax: +7 812 670-93-90

More information can also be obtained from Senior Expert, Foresight and Policy Support Unit, Elena Kulikova (elena.kulikova @