Main aims of the Portuguese Society of Forest Sciences
- Continue the process of transforming the Portuguese Society of Forest Sciences (SPCF) into an Entity Public Utility.
- Promote and raise awareness of SPCF, giving greater visibility to the work that it develops.
- Improve cohesion and links between ‘national and foreign citizens, forest companies, agro-forestry and agricultural, commercial and industrial and other natural and legal persons‘ from different geographical origins and academic backgrounds.
- Maintain and establish partnerships with others in the forestry sector, particularly in higher education. This includes researchers, technicians from central and local government, companies, sector associations, liberal professionals and forestry students in order to strengthen SPCF by recovering hundreds of disconnected partners and try to increase productivity.
- Strengthen within the SPCF the presence of thematic and demonstrative sensitivities of the contributions of forests to the balance and well-being of the population, promoting the role of the many influences of forests in the development of societies.
- Share forestry knowledge (paper publications: thematic notebooks, IFN, etc.; or digital base: Naturlink, pluridoc, among others).
- Ensure a more prominent presence in the promotion, collaboration and distribution of the SPCF’s journal, ‘Silva Lusitania‘.
- Optimize the Congress, especially regards a regular scheduling of meetings to discuss current issues with ample debate and scientific and technical deepening of forestry knowledge.
- Organize visits and specific training
- Boosting Protocols/collaborations with other institutions and maintaining existing cooperation (For example, Forest Mediterranean, Sociedad Espanola de Ciencias Forestales, the Engineers, Municipalities, organizations of the Ministries of Agriculture and Education, Associations and Federations Forest).
- Collaborate with institutions that are developing work within the Instala 980 Forest Museum based in ‘Marinha Grande’, including as partners in the definition of contents.
- Create Support Groups in thematic areas relevant today, namely; energy and biomass, Forest Protection, Information for the Forest Sector.
- Look for new premises and definitive Headquarters for SPCF.
The National Reading Plan
The topic of the 5th edition for Reading week, an initiative of the National reading plan was entitled ‘Reading – Energy – Forest‘ and was released in combination with the International Year of the Forest. It covers many issues around society, the environment and sustainability. Other topics that are important for everybody to learn included biodiversity, biomass and renewable energy.
In 2011, the challenge to schools was launched from a set of notes, and each school or group of schools chose one or more topics depending on their individual educational goals. Streamline initiatives and reading promotion activities involving children and young people and other sectors of the school community and the community at large are an essential role in safeguarding the environment for future generations.