Slovenian Forestry Research Institute (Slovenia)

The Slovenian Forestry Institute is a public institution of national importance, competent for research in the fields of forest, forest technique and economics, wildlife, game management and use of wood biomass for energy. It was founded by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia and operates - in accordance with modern environmental thought - under the auspices of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, and the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning. The Slovenian Forestry Institute is a multidisciplinary fundamental and development research institution, where basic and applicative projects as well as numerous operational activities are taking place within particular research projects.
Department of Forest Techniques and Economics follows the development of modern forest techniques and efficient technologies appropriate for our geographical and socio-economic conditions. Important activities are: creation of modern technological maps, evaluation and standards setting for particular phases of technological processes, economic evaluation of forest functions, effective use of wood biomass for energy, monitoring of tree, soil damages caused by felling and skidding, wood flow analysis, roundwood balances and calculation of CO2 sink form forests and harvested wood products.
Department of Forest Techniques and Economics has been involved in R&D projects, dealing with the evaluation of the biomass and energy potential of Slovenian forests and with other important topics regarding wood biomass production and use for more than 20 years. We are dealing mostly with wood biomass because more than 60% of the land is covered by forests.