Activities and services

Activities

During the time of its existence, IFER has solved more than 200 research projects funded by Czech, internatinal or foreign institutions. IFER is able to work on tasks from the field of basic research either project oriented on practice and operations. Especially during the last years IFER solved more often projects focused on politics and decision-making (expert consultancy for public administration, ministries, international convention agendas etc.).

The centre of our activities lies in forestry on all its levels – forestry operation, forest management planning, monitoring of forest reserves, forestry politics and many more. In the long term IFER also deals with the question of global warming and related carbon monitoring and emission inventories.

The amount of practical either theoretical experiences allowed IFER to develop the methodology of statistical inventory, that is used in more projects, and also to develop Field-Map – technology for field data collection and their office processing.
Forest inventories could have different range, different course and above all different goals, as evidenced by following review of IFER activities.

Measurement of individual trees

(growing models, 3D models of trees and stands, assortment methods etc.)

Examples of important projects:

  • Growing tables of main tree species of Czech Republic (spruce, pine, beech, oak). Funded by: Ministry of Agriculture, Czech Republic, 1994
  • Growing models of main tree species of Czech Republic (spruce, pine, beech, oak). Funded by: Ministry of Agriculture, Czech Republic, 2004
  • SCEFORMA (Scenario analysis of sustainable wood production under different forest management regimes). Funded by: European Union, 1999-2002 (more)
  • Inventory of ecosystem carbon stock - adjustment of methodology according to the recommendation of IPCC on the basis of existing forest inventories and scenario analysis of carbon stock change in relation to forest management practices. Funded by: Ministry of Environment, Czech Republic, 2003-2006 (more)

Forest reserves monitoring

Examples of important projects:

  • Dutch Forest Reserves Programme - Lieftingsbroek Reserve, survey 2001. Funded by: Alterra, Wageningen, the Netherlands, 2001 (more)
  • Norunda Central Tower Site - Field-Map survey 2001, Funded by: Dept. Geography, Lund University, Sweden, 2002 (more)

Forest health assessment

Examples of important projects:

  • Forest Health Monitoring - Assessment of Ozone Concentrations and its Phytotoxicity in the Czech Republic. Forest Health Monitoring - Ozone 1997 – 1999. Funded by: Czechoslovakia-American Science and Technical Program, 1998-2000 (more)
  • Forest management in regions affected by long-term acidification, nutrient degradation and eutrophication of forest soils. Funded by: Ministry of Environment, Czech Republic, 2002-2004 (more)
  • Zoning degradation of forest soils caused by acidification and nutritional degradation. Funded by: Ministry of Environment, Czech Republic, 2003-2005 (more)

Forest management plans based on operational forest inventory

Examples of important projects:

  • Large-scale forest inventory in the territory of the Šumava National Park, Funded by. Ministry of Environment, Czech Republic, 1998-2003 (more)
  • Forest management planning in structurally rich forests – pilot project VaV/620/4/00. Funded by: Ministry of Environment, Czech Republic, 2000-2002 (more)
  • Statistical Forestry Stock-Taking for the Territory of the Nizhniy Bystriy Pilot Watershed (FORZA), Funded by: FORZA, Ukraine, 2005-2007 (more)
  • Operational statistical inventory - National park Šumava, Funded by: Sumava National Park and Protected Landscape Area, Vimperk, continually from 2005

Consultancy in the field of environment and agriculture

Examples of important projects:

  • Mapping for NATURA 2000. Funded by: Agency for Nature Conservation and Landscape Protection of the Czech Republik, 2002 (more)
  • Strengthening the Multifunctional Use of European Land: Coping with Marginalisation (EUROLAN). Funded by: European Union (2003-2005) (more)
  • Expert support for Czech chairmanship of EU in the field of LULUCF. Funded by: Ministry of environment, Czech Republic, 2007-2008

Database management and software development for forestry

Examples of important projects:

  • MONIS (MONitoring and Information System of the FACE Foundation). Funded by: Face Foundation, Arnhem, the Netherlands, 1999-2001 (more)
  • Vulnerability of biodiversity in the Agro-ecosystem as influenced by Green Veining and Land-use Intensity, Greenveins (EVK2-2000-22010). Funded by: European Union. 2000-2005 (more)
  • EFORWOOD - Tools for Sustainability Impact Assessment of the Forestry-Wood Chain. Funded by: European Commission, 2005-2009 (more)

Carbon stock monitoring

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Examples of important projects:

  • Carbon Monitoring Campaign in the UWA-Face Projects in Kibale National Park, Uganda. Funded by: Face Foundation, Arnhem, the Netherlands, 2008 (more)
  • Carbon monitoring campaign in Infapro, Sabah, Malaysia. Funded by: Face Foundation, Arnhem, the Netherlands, 2007 (more)
  • CzechCarbo – Investigation of carbon cycle in terrestrial ecosystems of the Czech Republic. Linkage to the European project CARBOEUROPE (VaV 640/18/03). Funded by: Ministry of Environment, Czech Republic, 2003-2007 (more)
  • CARBO-INVENT - multi-source inventory methods for quantifying carbon stocks and stock changes in European Forests. Funded by: European Union, 2002-2005 (more)

Emission inventories

Examples of important projects:

  • Reporting of inventory of emissions by sources and sinks for the sector Land Use, Land-use change and Forestry (LULUCF) and Agriculture in the Czech Republic. Funded by: Ministry of Environment, Czech Republic, 2006-2009 (more)

Background documentation for international treaties

Examples of important projects:

  • MASCAREF - Study under EEC 2152/2003 Forest Focus regulation on developing harmonized methods for assessing carbon sequestration in European forests. Funded by: EC-Joint Research Centre, Italy, 2007-2009 (more)
  • MEACAP - Impact of environmental agreements on the CAP (FP6-2002-SSP-1). Funded by: European Union, 2004-2007 (more)
  • Inventory of ecosystem carbon stock - adjustment of methodology according to the recommendation of IPCC on the basis of existing forest inventories and scenario analysis of carbon stock change in relation to forest management practices. Funded by: Ministry of Environment, Czech Republic, 2003-2006 (more)
  • Sector LULUCF and its contribution to the Kyoto Protocol commitments in the Czech Republic. Funded by: Ministry of Environment, Czech Republic, 2004 (more)

Inventory of forests and landscape on regional and national level

Examples of important projects:

  • Large-scale forest inventory of the Czech Republic. Funded by: Ministry of Agriculture, Czech Republic, 1994-2000 (more)
  • Technological and methodological assistance to the Forest Inventory in Ireland, Hungary, Slovakia, Capo Verde, Russia, Iceland or Ukraine and Technological and methodological assistance to data collection on sample plots in switzerland, Germany etc. (more f.e. here)
  • COST Action E43: "Harmonisation of National Inventories in Europe: Techniques for Common Reporting". Funded by: European Commission, 2004-2008 (more)
  • TechInLes – Transfer of advanced methodological and technological knowledge in the field of forest ecosystems inventory (Project of Foreign Development Cooperation of the CR designed for the Ukraine). Funded by: Ministry of Agriculture, Czech Republic, 2004-2006 (more)
  • CzechTerra – adaptation of landscape carbon reservoirs in the context of global change (SP/2d1/93/07). Funded by: Ministry of Environment, Czech Republic, 2007-2011 (more)

Economy of forest management and forest assessment

We apologize, project descriptions are available only in Czech version.


To view the complete list of projects and their charakteristics follow the Projects section.

Beside these cathegories of projects IFER does many of other activities like publishing, organising the trainings, conferences, seminar meetings etc.