Forest Research Institute
Phone +48 22 715 0621, +48 22 715 0300
Fax +48 22 720 0397
E-mail: ibl ibles.waw.pl
The Institute consists of thirteen scientific departments and one separate research laboratory that carry out scientific research and developmental work to the benefit of all forests, forest management and forestry needs in the range of forest afforestations and reforestations, tending, utilisation and protection, ecology, genetics, forest economics and policy, carbon sequestration. It is in order to gain a better knowledge of nature, social, technical and economic circumstances influencing the state of forest resources, and to shape their multisided and balanced use due to satisfy the needs of contemporary and future generations in the field of forest productive, protective and social functions. The Institute actively participates in elaborating legal acts and other documents, including those resulting from international conventions and agreements, and from Forest Policy of the State, and it undertakes activities for organs of the State.
International activities in the fields of
- Forest protection,
- forest physiology and genetics,
- forest fire protection,
- forest pathology,
- forest economics and policy,
- forest monitoring.
The Forest Research Institute was established in 1930 as an Experimental Station of the State Forests Holding and in 1934 it was transferred into Forest Research Institute of the State Forests Holding. Since 1945 it has been acting as the Forest Research Institute, subordinate to the Minister of Environment.
In 2003–2006, the Institute was a coordinator of an EU project, Centre of Excellence PROFOREST devoted to the protection of forest resources in Central Europe ( http://www.proforest.ibles.waw.pl/). Moreover, the Institute has been actively participating as a partner in realisation of other projects financed from European Union sources (5 and 6 Framework Programme RTD - COMFOR, EFFE, EUFIRELAB, EFORWOOD, EVOLTREE, FIRE PARADOX, FORTHREATS, TREEBREEDEX; Leonardo da Vinci Programme - WALTER; Forest Focus Programme). It organised and also jointly organised many international and national meetings, seminars, trainings, workshops and conferences and carries on ecological education for children and youth in the Forest Education Centre. The IBL's library has collected forest literature for 75 years and its resources are the largest in this part of Europe.