The Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia (CTFC), based in Solsona (Lleida), is a public consortium attached to the administration of the Government of Catalonia and it depends on the department responsible for forests. It forms part of the Catalan research centres (CERCA) and is a TECNIO agent accredited by the Government of Catalonia (public technology developer). The mission of CTFC is to contribute to the modernization and competitiveness of forest sector, to promote rural development and to foster the sustainable management of the environment through excellence in research and transfer of knowledge and technology to society, with the final aim of becoming a reference center at the national and international level. With an annual budget of around 5 M€, it employs over 100 professionals, including researchers, engineers, fellows and administrative, informatics and communication staff. CTFC’s research activity is organized around three programmes: 1) Multifunctional forest management; 2) Landscape dynamics and biodiversity; 3) Bioeconomy and governance. Apart from that, CTFC exploits research results and contributes to the creation of a knowledge-based society and the generation of public debate through technology transfer and training. Technology transfer, arranged through agreements with private and public institutions, is complemented by the organisation of training seminars addressed to the general public and sectoral actors (forest managers, owners, decision-makers, scientists, etc.) at national and international level.
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