Portuguese Socidade of Forest Sciences
The Portuguese Society of Forest Science (SPCF) is a national, non-profitable, scientific and technical association, with more than 500 members. The responsibilities of the Society over the years have included promoting debate, clarification, research and training of associates.
It’s statutes include the following:-
- To promote and reinforce the study and advancement of forest science and technology
- To contribute to the understanding of economic and social problems of forestry.
- The production, processing and marketing of forest goods and services.
- To promote and encourage cooperation between different forestry organizations and to develop national and international exchange of goods, services and research.
Founded in 1984…
Over the years, the SPCF has strengthened both the cohesion and dynamic intervention of the technical and scientific community in the development of the sector. This has resulted in contributing to a wider dissemination of information regarding the multiple issues of forestry and conservation.
One of the key activities of SPCF is to ensure the organization and annual meetings of the ‘National Forest Congress‘, who meet to discuss relevant and current issues within the field.
The realization of the numerous themes covered in these meetings and the diversity of regional workshops over the years, not only deepens the study of the most topical issues, but consolidates and unites members from various locations of the country.
The major themes covered by the congress over the last few decades are as follows:-
- 7th Congress held in Vila Real. (2013) Forests: Knowledge and Innovation: Themes that were covered in this meeting included:- Silvopastural systems (which is the integration of domesticated livestock and forestry), afforestation of pastures in subtropical regions, women in agroforestry, structure, dynamics and biodiversity of European beech primeval forests, grazing ungulates and forest ecosystems, Boreal forests at risk and forests, knowledge and innovation in Portuguese forestry/
- 6th Congress held in Ponta Delgada. (2009) The Forest in a Globalized World: Themes that were covered in this meeting included:- Forest, environment and biodiversity, forests and genetic resources, forest protection, competitive industry, forest and energy, forest and local management and forest, policy and rural development.
- 5th Congress held in Viseu. (2005) Forests and People:
- 4th Congress held in Évora. (2001) The Forest in the Society of the Future
- 3rd Congress held in Figueira da Foz. (1994) Forestry Resources in Rural Development
- 2nd Congress held in Porto (1990) Forest and Change
- 1st Congress held in Lisboa (1986) Forest: Long-term Challenge
In addition to the conferences and meetings above the SPCF raise awareness for support and sponsorship of the technical and scientific research and practice. The SPCF have established cooperation agreements with both their national and international counterparts.
Since the set up of the SPCF in 1984 there has always been the publication of a newsletter and a journal. In 1993 the magazine was entitled ‘Forestry Journal’.
A cooperation agreement with the National Forest Station in 2002 led to a joint publication of the magazine ‘Silva Lusitana‘. This scientific journal, concerned with the issues of forestry science and environment, aims to publish and develop innovative new concepts in the field. Silva Lusitana publishes scientific papers that present the results of research. The magazine also reviews articles and books that concern forest and environmental science.
Conservation and research into forest preservation, both on a local and a worldwide scale, should be a major concern of everybody.
What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection
of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.